Grammar Lesson on Reported Speech

Reported Speech

Today’s lesson is on Reported Speech

Have you ever needed to tell a friend or coworker about something that someone said to you or someone else?

This is how to do it. 

We also use reported speech to talk about things said in a movie, book, and other texts. 

Rules:

Reported speech is formed by removing any directly spoken words (in quotation marks) and stating the message as news.

Change verbs in the simple present to the simple past.

Example:

“Can you pass the salt?” she asked him.

Reported speech: She asked him to pass the salt.

If the sentence contains “don’t” then re-write it with “not” and add “to.”

“Don’t arrive late,” the teacher told the students.

Reported speech: The teacher told the students not to arrive late.


Welcome to your Reported Speech Quiz.
Change each sentence to reported speech.

"The class is on Fridays," I told him.
"Don't go home," she said.
"What's your name?" he asked me.

QUIZ

Change each sentence to reported speech.

1. “The class is on Fridays,” I told him.

2. “Don’t go home,” she said.

3. “What’s your name?” he asked me.

Try our quiz below.

Answers

  1. I told him the class was on Fridays.
  2. She said not to go home.
  3. He asked me what my name was.
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