Reported speech exercises

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Reported speech exercises

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Practice: reported speech exercises

Do the sentences below show correct use of reported speech? If not, what corrections need to be made?

1. “I go swimming every day,” he said.

Is this reported speech correct?  He said that he went swimming every day.

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This is correct.

 

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2. “My daughter is starting university soon,” she said.

Is this reported speech correct?  She said my daughter was starting university soon.

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This is incorrect – the pronoun needs to change – it should be as follows: She said her daughter was starting university soon.

 

3. “Will you have time to meet me for coffee?” he asked.

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Is this reported speech correct?  He asked me would I have time to meet him for coffee?

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This is incorrect – there are two errors. This is reporting a yes / no question so we need to use ‘if’. We do not need the (?) in a reported question. It should be as follows: He asked me if I would have time to meet him for coffee.

 

4. “Have you locked the door?” he asked.

Is this reported speech correct?  He asked me if I have locked the door.

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This is incorrect – the tense needs to change from present perfect to past perfect – it should be as follows: He asked me if I had locked the door.

 

5. ‘There are two important issues here: time and money,’ the boss advised.

Is this reported speech correct?  The boss advised that there were two main issues there: time and money.

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This sentence is correct.

 

6. “I can help you if I finish my own work in time,” Sara promised.

Is this reported speech correct?  Sara suggested that she can help me if she finished her own work in time.

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This is incorrect – the tense has changed from present simple to past simple but ‘can’ also needs to change to ‘could’ – it should be as follows: Sarah suggested that she could help me if she finished her own work in time.

 

7. “I was driving home when I saw the crash,” Jason explained.

Is this reported speech correct?  Jason explained that he had been driving home when he had seen the crash.

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This sentence is correct.

 

8. “I’m sorry, I must go now as I am running late!” Geoff said.

Is this reported speech correct?  Geoff said that he must go then as he was running late.

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This is incorrect – the tense has changed from present continuous to past continuous but ‘must’ also needs to change to ‘had to’ – it should be as follows: Geoff said that he had to go then as he was running late.

 

9. “I’ll give you all the information you need tomorrow,” the teacher told the students.

Is this reported speech correct (reported three days later)? The teacher told the students she would give them all the information they needed tomorrow.

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This is incorrect – ‘will’ has been changed to ‘would’, tense and and pronoun changes are also correct but the time also needs to change- it should be as follows: The teacher told the students she would give them all the information they needed the next day (or the following day).

 

10. “What have you been doing this afternoon?” Tom asked Jenna. “I’ve been studying,” she said.

Is this reported speech correct (reported three days later). Tom asked Jenna what she had been doing that afternoon; she said she had been studying.

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This sentence is correct.

 

 

 

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