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Rewrite the following conversations in Reported Speech.

A "Sally, would you like to go out tonight for a change?" Daniel asked.

"What a lovely idea! Why don't we go for a meal?" Sally said.

"Well ...mm... possibly, but I've already bought two tickets for the opera," Daniel said.

"Even better. But I'll walk out if you fall asleep like the last time!" Sally threatened.

"Not at all! I only had my eyes closed to enjoy the music," Daniel explained.

"All right then, I'll go, but you should keep your mouth closed if you're going to snore," Sally said.

Daniel asked Sally if she would like to…………………………………………………...

B "John's late," said Mr Brown.

"He must have got stuck in traffic,"" said Sandra. "Shall I phone him?"

"No, you needn't phone him, but you'd better tell his secretary to check today's diary. He may have an appointment this morning," said Mr Brown.

Mr Brown said that John was late.…………………………………………………..


When we report a speaker’s words we don’t just apply rules mechanically, we interpret what we hear or read, so we use appropriate reporting verbs (introductory verbs) like the following:


Introductory verb Direct Speech Reported Speech
agree + to-inf demand offer promise refuse threaten+ to-inf / that claim advise +sb + to-inf   allow ask beg command encourage forbid instruct invitesb order permit remind urge warn want accuse sb of + -ing form   apologise for admit (to) boast about complain to sb about deny insist on suggest agree + that-clause   claim complain deny exclaim explain inform sb promise suggest explain to sb + how   wonder where/what/ why/how + clause (when the subject of the introductory verb is not the sameas the subject in the indirect question)     wonder + whether + to-inf or clause wonder where/what/ how + to-inf (when the subject of the infinitive is the same as the subject of the verb) “Yes, I’ll do it again.” “Tell me the truth!”   “Would you like me to drive you home?" “I will pay you on Friday.”   “No, I won’t tell you her secret.” “Keep quiet or I’ll punish you." “I witnessed the crime.”   “You should talk about your problem." "You can use my phone."   “Please, close the door.”   "Please, please don't hit the dog." “Move to your right”   “Go ahead, say what you think.” “You mustn't come home after eleven.” “Mix the eggs with the flour."   “I’d like you to come to my party." “Don't leave your room again." "You may speak to the judge."   "Don't forget to turn the lights off." "Try to have sympathy for the family." “Don't touch the wire with wet hands." "I'd like you to be kind." “You acted as if you were guilty." “I’m sorry I hurt you.”   “Yes, I was wrong.”   “I’m the fastest runner of all.”   “You always argue.”   “No, I didn’t eat your cake.”   “You must wear that blouse.”   “Let’s order a pizza.”   “Yes, she’s very kind.”   “I saw the accident.”   “You never ask my opinion.”   “I have never met her!”   “It’s a tragedy!”   “It’s a complicated problem.”   “Your request is being reviewed.” “I won’t be late.”   “You ought to give her a call.” “That’s how I succeeded.”   He asked himself, "How old is she?'' He asked himself, "Where are my keys?" He asked himself, "Why is she so cold?" He asked himself, 'What is the right answer?" He asked himself, "Shall I invite them?"     He asked himself, "Where shall I go?" He asked himself, "What shall I read first?" He asked himself, "How shall I tell her?" He agreed to do it again. He demanded to be told the truth. He offered to drive me home.   He promised to pay me on Friday. He refused to tell me her secret. He threatened to punish me if I didn’t keep quiet. He claimed to have witnessed the crime. He advised me to talk about my problem. He allowed me to use his phone. He asked me to close the door. He begged me not to hit the dog. He commanded me to move to my right. He encouraged me to say what I thought. He forbade us to come home after eleven. He instructed me to mix the eggs with the flour. He invited me (to go) to his party. He ordered me not to leave my room again. He permitted/allowed me to speak to the judge. He reminded me to turn the lights off. He urged me to try to have sympathy for the family. He warned me not to touch the wire with wet hands. He wanted me to be kind. He accused me of acting as if I were guilty. He apologised for hurting me. He admitted (to) beingwrong. He boasted about being the fastest runner of all. He complained to me about my arguing. He denied eating/having eaten my cake. He insisted on me/my wearing that blouse. He suggested ordering a pizza. He agreed that she was very kind. He claimed that he had seen the accident. He complained that I never ask his opinion. He denied that he had ever met her. He exclaimed that it was a tragedy. He explained that it was a complicated problem. He informed me that my request was being reviewed. He promised that he wouldn't be late. He suggested that I give her a call. He explained to me how he had succeeded. He wondered how old she was. He wondered where his keys were. He wondered why she was so cold. He wondered what the right answer was. He wondered whether to invite them. He wondered whether he should invite them. He wondered where to go. He wondered what to read first.   He wondered how to tell her.

/adapted from Round-up 6. Virginia Evans/

Date: 2015-12-11; view: 2531

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