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STATEMENTS 1) Write these sentences in Reported Speech, using the words given. Change the pronouns where necessary: a) 'My name's Ian.' (he said). He said his name was Ian. b) 'I'm writing a letter.' (she said). She said she was writing a letter. c) 'I'm waiting for Joan.' (she said) d) 'I don't like the idea.' (he said) e) 'The car isn't at my house.' (she said) f) 'The washing machine's broken.' (he said) g) 'I'm working.' (he said) h) 'We're worried about Peter.' (they said) i) 'I don't smoke.' (Mary said) j) 'I'm waiting for my exam results.' (John said) k) 'I work for an American company.' (Mrs Johnson said) l) 'I feel ill.' (the little boy said) m) 'I'm watching television.' (Susan said) n) 'I like the new house.' (Mary said) o) 'I'm washing the car.' (Susan said) 2) Write these sentences in Reported Speech, using the words given. Change the pronouns where necessary: 1. "I can’t help you “, Anna said. 2. “The students have been studying Robert Frost’s poetry”, she said. 3. “We will also apply for a grant” the volunteers added. 4. “The government is preparing for the elections”, the journalist said. 5. “A taxi will be waiting at the airport for you. The guide told them. 6. “Wheat is growing extensively in the USA.” the teacher pointed out. 7. “The boys were collecting money for charity organizations”, he explained. 8. “I might come to the party”, I said. 9. “Graham green lives in Antibes before he died”, he said. 10. “The patients are waiting for the doctor”, the nurse said. 11. “He plays the piano very well”, Peter’s mother said. 12. “Students have to hand in library books”, the librarian said. 13. I don't know where she is going. 14. He said he didn't know where she was going. 15. I can't do it unless you help me. 16. I met him in Paris last month. 17. I have finished the book at last. 18. I'm sorry I won't be able to go. 19. This isn't what I ordered. 20. I'll be here tomorrow. 21. John is arriving tonight. 22. I must go and see him before he leaves. 23. If you do that again, I shall be very angry. 24. I'd like to speak to you when the lesson is over.


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3) Write these sentences in Reported Speech, changing words where necessary: a) 'I'll see you tomorrow,' she said. She said she'd see me the next day. b) 'I saw her today,' he said. He said he'd seen her that day. c) “Don't like this film,' she said. d) She said, 'We went swimming today.' e) 'I'll see Mary on Sunday,' she said. f) 'I met her about three months ago,' he said. g) 'Pete and Sue are getting married tomorrow,' she said. h) 'Stephen's bringing some records to the party tonight,' he said. i) 'I really like this furniture,' she said. j) 'My parents are arriving tomorrow,' she said. k) 'We visited her this morning,' they said. l) 'We'll see her next week,' they said. m) 'They were here three months ago,' he said. n) 'I'm meeting them at four o'clock today,' he said. o) 'I can see you tomorrow,' she said. p) "I can’t help you “, Anna said. q) “The students have been studying Robert Frost’s poetry”, she said. r) “We will also apply for a grant” the volunteers added. s) “The government is preparing for the elections”, the journalist said. t) “A taxi will be waiting at the airport for you. The guide told them. u) “Wheat is growing extensively in the USA.” the teacher pointed out. QUESTIONS 4) Write these sentences as reported questions using the words given. a) 'What's your name?' he asked. (wanted to know) He wanted to know what my name was. b) 'How old are you?' she said. (asked) She asked how old I was. c) 'When does the train leave?' I asked. (asked) d) 'How are you?' he said. (asked) e) 'Who did you see at the meeting?' my mother said. (wanted to know) f) 'Why did you take my wallet?' he asked. (wanted to know) . g) 'How did you get to school?' she said. (asked). h) 'Where do you live?' the boy asked. (wanted to know) i) 'Why wasn't Judy at the party?' she asked. (asked) j) 'Why didn't you telephone?' my father asked. (wanted to know) k) 'Why are you so late?' the teacher asked. (demanded to know) l) 'Why didn't the police report the crime?' .the judge asked. (inquired) m) 'Why won't you let me in?' he shouted. (demanded to know) n) 'What time does the plane arrive?' we asked. (inquired) o) 'Who do you want to talk to?' she said. (asked) 5) Write these sentences as reported questions. a) b) c) d) e) f)

'Do you like Marlon Brando?' she asked. She asked if I liked Marlon Brando. 'Are you enjoying yourself?' he asked. He asked whether I was enjoying myself: 'Does your father work here?' she asked. 'Do you live near your family?' he asked. 'Are you a foreigner?' she asked. 'Have you met Danny before?' he asked.


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'Are you hungry?’ she asked. 'Did you borrow my dictionary?' he asked. 'Have you finished your exams?’ she asked. 'Did you invite Judy and Pat?' he asked. 'Does your brother live in London?' she asked 'Do you know who broke the window?' he asked.

6) Put the following sentences into Reported Speech. EXAMPLE: Is he coming? He asked if/whether he was coming. a) Will John be there? b) Have you finished your work? c) Can you help me to find my cat? d) Is it raining? e) Are you leaving tomorrow? f) Were you here last week? g) Must I do it straight away? h) May I go with them? i) Need I tell him? j) Will you be here tomorrow? k) Would you like to come with us? l) Did you see John take my book? 7) Put the following sentences into Reported Speech: EXAMPLE: Where are you going? He asked me where I was going. a) What does John want? b) How long has Greta been in England? c) Why is the baby crying? d) How much did you pay for your refrigerator? e) When will you be here again? f) Why didn't you do your homework? g) What time must we be there? h) How often do you go to the theatre? i) Where does Mary work? j) Why aren't you going to the concert? k) How long have you been waiting here? COMMANDS 8) Put the following sentences into Reported Speech. a) b) c) d) e) f) g) h) i) j)

“Don’t worry!” he said to her. “Take the books to the library”, she said to the pupil. “Stand to attention!” the sergeant commanded them. “Don’t make a noise!” the nurse said to the visitors. “Don’t forget to post the letter!” the boss said to the secretary. “Be quite in the library! “The librarian ordered us. “Hand in your homework next Friday! “The teacher said to the pupils. “Don’t smoke in my house, please” our neighbour asked. “Open this suitcase!” the customs officer instructed me. “I want you to take these books to the library tomorrow”, she told her son.

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“He didn’t arrive on time once last week”, she said. “Life-support systems were tested by researchers several years ago”, he informed. “I had my flu vaccination yesterday”, the pupil said. “The telephone bill must also be paid this month”, she said. “We are moving to our new house today”, my neighbour said. “Alice wasn’t playing the piano at yesterday’s concert”, Peter said. “The castle will be closed to visitors tomorrow”, the guide said. “The schools weren’t closed yesterday morning”, the boss said. “The accountants are checking all our accounts now”, the boss said. “Put these clothes into the cupboard”, she said to me. “I left my books here yesterday”, David said.

9) Put the following sentences into Reported Speech. a) b) c) d) e) f) g) h) i) j) k) l) m) n) o)

Please wait outside. (ask) Don't tell anybody. (tell) Get out at once! (order) Please come back later. (ask) Don't forget to write. (ask) Don't make a noise. (tell) Please speak slowly. (ask) Hurry up! (tell) Take the children for a walk. (ask) Write it carefully. (tell) Send a telegram. (tell) Don't go out in the rain. (tell) Put out that cigarette. (order) Please don't make a noise. (ask) Please don't go alone. (ask)

REQUESTS AND SUGGESTIONS 10)Put the following sentences into Reported Speech. a) b) c) d) e) f) g) h) i) j)

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“Let’s go to see Blade Runner”, David suggested. “Will you let me stay out late tonight?” Andrew asked his mother. “Could you please order a taxi?” Helen asked John. “Let’s not make a decision right now”, Annette suggested. “Let’s order pizza instead of Chinese food”, Dan said. “Mum, don’t forget to pick me up at five, please “, Susan said. “Would you like to join us for supper?” we asked our guests. “Give me an answer soon, please” the manager said. “Please, let’s not argue any more”, he begged. “How about going to see a film?” she said.

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