Direct And Indirect Speech Exercise For Class 8

Sentences are given in the direct speech. Change them into indirect speech. You can learn about the rules of direct and indirect speech here.

Direct and indirect speech exercise for class 8

1. The man said, ‘I am waiting for the bus.’

2. Suma said, ‘Last week, I attended a seminar on the harmful consequences of global warming.’

3. Julia said, ‘I will be delighted to help.’

4. The plumber said, ‘I have fixed the leakage in the bathroom.’

5. The teacher said, ‘All students should submit their assignments before Friday.’

6. The master told the servant, ‘Clean the barn before you leave.’

7. The doctor said to the patient, ‘You have to quit smoking.’

8. The mother said to the boy, ‘I am taking you to the doctor.’

9. The girl said, ‘I am hungry.’

10. The clerk said to the manager, ‘I want to leave early today.’

Answers

1. The man said that he was waiting for the bus. (Present continuous in the direct speech becomes past continuous in the indirect speech.)

2. Suma said that she had attended a seminar on the harmful consequences of global warming the previous week. (Simple past in the direct speech becomes past perfect in the indirect speech)

3. Julia said that she would be delighted to help. (Will in the direct speech becomes would in the indirect speech.)

4. The plumber said that he had fixed the leakage in the bathroom. (Present perfect in the direct speech becomes past perfect in the indirect speech.)

5. The teacher said that all students had to submit their assignments before Friday. (Should in the direct speech becomes had to in the indirect speech.)

6. The master instructed the servant to clean the barn before he left. (Imperatives are reported with to-infinitives.)

7. The doctor told the patient to quit smoking. / The doctor told the patient that he had to quit smoking.

8. The mother told the boy that she was taking him to the doctor.

9. The girl said that she was hungry.

10. The clerk told the manager that he wanted to leave early that day. (Simple present in the direct speech becomes simple past in the indirect speech.)

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