Direct and Indirect Speech, Reported Speech

Direct and Indirect Speech, Reported Speech Practice Test


  1. By whom was English taught to you? The active voice for the sentence will be:

    Boss: Oh, Mr Sharma, what a nuisance you are! Boss reprimanded Mr Sharma by saying,,,

    Jaya said to Ramesh, "Where do you live?" The correct indirect narration of the sentence will be:

    We were surprised at your conduct. The active voice of the sentence can be:


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There are two ways of communicating: Direct or Quoted Speech
This is one of the simplest forms of communicating another’s thoughts or speech. It reports exactly the same words used by the other, and such words appear within quotes. For example: a. She says, “Today’s lesson is on Environment.” b. “There is an intelligent boy in our class”, we said. c. He will say, “Nobody’s going to help that old man.” d. “The soup is too hot!” cried Aarti. e. They asked, “Can we come back tomorrow?” Indirect or Reported Speech This form of communication is where we are repeating or reporting another’s thoughts or speech, in our own words. Since we are not using the exact words of the other, we do not use quotes. For example: a. She says that today’s lesson is on Environment. b. We said that there was an intelligent boy in our class. c. He will say that nobody’s going to help that old man. d. Aarti cried that the soup was too hot. e. They asked if they can come back tomorrow.