Direct-Indirect Speech: Assertive Sentences Practice Exercises

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Q. Change the following assertive sentences into indirect speech.

1. Raja said, โ€œI saw a lion in the forest yesterday.โ€

2. Manish said to me, โ€œI am very happy hereโ€.

3. He said, โ€œI can do this work.โ€

4. Reena said to me, โ€œI was washing the clothes.โ€

5. My friend said to me, โ€œI shall go to Delhi tomorrow.โ€

6. He said to Poonam, โ€œI have passed the test.โ€

7. She said, โ€œI am not well.โ€

8. Rajesh said to me, โ€œMy book is better than yours.โ€

9. He says, โ€œHonesty is the best policy.โ€

10. He will say to me, โ€œSometimes I think bad about you.


Answers

1. Raja said that he had seen a lion in the forest the previous day.

2. Manish told me that he was very happy there.

3. He said that he could do that work.

4. Reena told me that she had been washing the clothes.

5. My friend told me that he would go to Delhi the next day.

6. He told Ponam that he had passed the test.

7. She said that she was not well.

8. Rajesh told me that his book was better than mine.

9. He says that honesty is the best policy.

10. He will tell me that sometimes he thinks bad about me.


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  1. VIRAJ RAIK

    NICE WORKSHEET BUT ONE DOUBT SHALL CHANGES INTO SHOULD BUT YOU HAVE WRITTEN IN 5 SENTENCE HE WOULD GO TO DELHI THE NEXT DAY

    1. Sirji

      It does not affect the narration but for precaution you can use ‘should’.

    2. Rahul

      Nice Question

    3. Ram

      Yes Same Doubt with me also
      Now it’s clear

  2. Abul Barkat Baig

    The direct speech is in 1st person, so the auxiliary is “shall”. But in indirect speech, the personal pronoun will change to the third person asking an auxiliary “will”, which has the past tense of ” would”. Hence in place of should, there will be would

    1. Sirji

      Well explained ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘

  3. SUNEETHI N S

    Good teaching ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š

    1. Sirji

      Thank you โคโค๐Ÿ˜Š

  4. NEETU SINGH

    Thank you so much for such a nice examples, but sir I have a doubt in question no. 10. Sir if explain it I will be very thankful of you.
    THANK YOU SIR

  5. Akshat Prajapati

    This was helpful to me ๐Ÿ˜ธ

  6. Jahanvi Dahiya

    I have a doubt in the 5th statement why we didnt change go into went ????? please reply

    1. Ajeet Sir

      5. My friend said to me, โ€œI shall go to Delhi tomorrow.โ€

      Shall changes to ‘should’ when used with ‘I’ and ‘We’ otherwise it changes to ‘would’ and these are modals that use first form of verbs, so ‘go’ has been used. You can watch our videos. If still have doubts then contact us at WhatsApp 8081370373 or at telegram @AjeetSir.

  7. H

    10 question is answer didn’t correct

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