Direct and indirect speech: Reporting orders, requests and advice

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To report orders, requests and suggestions, we normally use a reporting verb like tell with (object) + to infinitive.

Requests for objects are reported using the structure ask + for + object.

Other verbs used in this way include: command, order, warn, ask, advise, invite, beg, teach and forbid.

Verbs that can be followed by object + to-infinitive include: advise, ask, beg, command, forbid, instruct, invite, teach, tell and warn.

Reporting Suggestions

Suggestions are normally reported with a that-clause. That and should are optional and can be left out.

Note that suggest cannot be followed by a to-infinitive. However, it can be followed by an -ing form.

Other reporting verbs used this way are: insist, recommend, demand, request and propose.

See also

Direct and indirect speech
Rules for the change of pronouns
Reporting verb
Rules for the change of tenses
Rules for the change of adverbs
Reporting hopes, intentions and promises
Reporting orders, requests and advice
Reporting questions
Reporting questions: grammar exercise
Reported speech exercise
Reporting Yes/No questions