In the following exercises, you will practice the transformation of sentences from direct to indirect/reported speech. They include all types of sentences: statements, commands/requests, and questions.

Reported speech exercise: requests/commands

Change the following sentences to the indirect/reported speech

  1. “Stop talking, Joe,” the teacher said.
  2. “Be patient,” she said to him.
  3. “Go to your room,” her father said to her.
  4. “Hurry up,” she said to us.
  5. “Give me the key,” he told her.
  6. “Play it again, Sam,” she said.
  7. “Sit down, Caron,” he said.
  8. “Fill in the form, Sir,” the receptionist said.
  9. “Take off your shoes,” she told us.
  10. “Mind your own business,” she told him.
  11. “Don’t touch it,” she said to him.  
  12. “Don’t do that again,” he said to me.“Don’t talk to me like that,” he said.
  13. “Don’t repair the computer yourself,” she warned him.
  14. “Don’t let him in,” she said.
  15. “Don’t go out without me,” he begged her.
  16. “Don’t forget your bag,” she told me.
  17. “Don’t eat in the lab,” the chemistry teacher said.
  18. “Don’t give yourself up,” he advised her.
  19. “Don’t hurt yourselves, boys,” she said.
  20. She said, “Go upstairs.”
  21. “Close the door behind you,” he told me.
  22. “Don’t be late,” he advised us.
  23. “Stop staring at me,” she said.
  24. “Don’t be angry with me,” he said.
  25. “Leave me alone,” she said.

Reported speech exercise: questions

Change the following sentences to the indirect/reported speech

  1. “Where is my umbrella?” she asked.
  2. “How are you?” Martin asked us.
  3. He asked, “Do I have to do it?”
  4. “Where have you been?” the mother asked her daughter.
  5. “Which dress do you like best?” she asked her boyfriend.
  6. “What are they doing?” she asked.
  7. “Are you going to the cinema?” he asked me.
  8. The teacher asked, “Who speaks English?”
  9. “How do you know that?” she asked me.
  10. “Has Caron talked to Kevin?” my friend asked me.
  11. “What’s the time?” he asked.
  12. “When will we meet again?” she asked me.
  13. “Are you crazy?” she asked him.
  14. “Where did they live?” he asked.
  15. “Will you be at the party?” he asked her.
  16. “Can you meet me at the station?” she asked me.
  17. “Who knows the answer?” the teacher asked.
  18. “Why don’t you help me?” she asked him.
  19. “Did you see that car?” he asked me.
  20. “Have you tidied up your room?” the mother asked the twins.

Reported speech exercise: statements

Change the following sentences to the indirect/reported speech

  1. They said, “This is our book.”
  2. She said, “I went to the cinema yesterday.”
  3. He said, “I am writing a test tomorrow.”
  4. You said, “I will do this for him.”
  5. She said, “I am not hungry now.”
  6. They said, “We have never been here before.”
  7. They said, “We were in London last week.”
  8. He said, “I will have finished this paper by tomorrow.”
  9. He said, “They won’t sleep.”
  10. She said, “It is very quiet here.”

Mixed sentences

Change the following sentences to the indirect/reported speech

  1. He said, “I like this song.”
  2. “Where is your sister?” she asked me.
  3. “I don’t speak Italian,” she said.
  4. “Say hello to Jim,” they said.
  5. “The film began at seven o’clock,” he said.
  6. “Don’t play on the grass, boys,” she said.
  7. “Where have you spent your money?” she asked him.
  8. “I never make mistakes,” he said.
  9. “Does she know Robert?” he wanted to know.
  10. “Don’t try this at home,” the man told the audience.
  11. “I was very tired,” she said.
  12. “Be careful, Ben,” she said.
  13. “I will get myself a drink,” she says.
  14. “Why haven’t you phoned me?” he asked me.
  15. “I cannot drive them home,” he said.
  16. “Peter, do you prefer tea or coffee?” she says.
  17. “Where did you spend your holidays last year?” she asked me.
  18. He said, “Don’t go too far.”
  19. “Have you been shopping?” he asked us.
  20. “Don’t make so much noise,” he says.

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