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    Learn English > English lessons and exercises > English test #124085: Reported speech
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    Reported speech


    Direct speech: Can you turn off the light ?

    Reported speech: He asked me to turn off the light.

     

    FORMS:

    Asked and told are followed by indirect object + to  infinitive.

    The indirect object is often a pronoun: me, you, him, her, etc.

    Example:asked her to help me.

    *We report a negative request or command by putting not before to  infinitive.

    Example:

    Direct speech: Please don't turn around .

    Reported speech: He asked/told me not to turn around.

    - Other changes may be necessary when requests or commands are reported.

    Example: Can you help me ? => He asked me to help him.

    Time/place markers:

    Examples:

    Can you help me tomorrow ? => He asked me to help him the day after.

    Leave your bag here => She told me to leave my bag there.

     

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    1. She him it was going to rain because of the dark clouds.

    2. My teacher me to tidy her desk for her.

    3. He used to me what I had to do a few years ago.

    4. The teacher the student to write an essay.

    5. If she doesn't you what happened at home we will have to ask her mother.

    6. I Sam to take me home. I wasn't feeling well.

    7. He me what my favourite film was, but I told him I didn't know.

    8. her not to speak Spanish here.

    9. He was off at school for stealing a pen.

    10. I ordered him to the truth. I can't stand lies.









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