Reported speech can be difficult if you don’t exactly know what it is and how to form it. For a full description of what is meant with indirect speech, how you form it and examples, click here.
Reported speech exercise
On this page, you have an exercise to see if you can transform direct speech into indirect speech. Pay attention to the tense of the reporting verb and if the subject changes.
If the reporting verb is in the present simple, there is no backshift. If the reporting verb is in the past simple, you usually need backshift so you need to change the verbs in the sentence. If the reporting verb is in the past simple but the information is still true, there is no backshift.
Below you have sentences in direct speech and you need to rewrite them in indirect speech.
- Alice: “I have just eaten a whole cake.”
- Tom: “I am drinking tea without sugar.”
- Dan: “What have you done?”
- Michael: “I released a new album.”
- My friend: “Have you seen the new episode of Game of Thrones?”
- Ellie: “I want to start a business.”
- Mom: “I can go on a day trip alone.”
- Bobby: “I have not slept that well since I was 20.”
- Joey: “My friend really likes going to London.”
- Alexander: “Will you help with my homework?”