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    Learn English > English lessons and exercises > English test #66744: Direct and indirect speech
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    Direct and indirect speech



    -Hello! Sarah speaking.
    -Hello Sarah! It's me, Bob.
    I'm going to see my mother tomorrow.
                What did he say?


     Bob said, 'I'm going to see my mother tomorrow.'



     Bob said (that) he was going to see his mother the next day.



                    Bob announced that ...     Bob declared that...   Bob added that...     Bob told me that...
                  Bob said that...  Bob said to me that...   Bob told me that...


           Bob said, 'I'm going to see my mother.'       =>        Bob said (that) he was going to see his mother.
          'You have bought yourself a lovely dress.'    =>   He told her (that) she had bought herself a lovely dress.


     'I'm going to see my mother tomorrow.'      =>    Bob said (that) he was going to see his mother the next day.
     Mark:  'I went to London last week.'    =>    He added (that) he had gone to London the week before.
     Sue:   'I must leave now!'    =>    She told me (that) she had to leave then.
     Peter: 'I don't like this house.'   =>    Peter said (that) he didn't like that house.   
     Peter: 'I can't live here.'   =>   Peter told us (that) he couldn't live there.
       DIRECT           INDIRECT
             now    =>   then
           tonight=>  that night
          yesterday    =>  the day before / the previous day
          tomorrow    =>  the next day / the following day
     last (year, month...)  =>   the last / previous (year, month...)
     next (month, week...)  =>  the next / following (month, week...) 

      this     =>  that
      that     =>  that
      these   =>  these
      those   =>  those
      here    =>  there
      there   =>  there


     Bob said, 'I'm going to see my mother.'        =>      Bob said (that) he was going to see his mother.


                             DIRECT=>                     INDIRECT
    future'I will always love you.'=>conditionalHe said he would always love me.
    present simple.'He is ill.'=>past simpleShe said he was ill.
    present continuous 'I'm leaving today.'=>past continuousHe said he was leaving that day.
    present perfect 'You have bought a dress.'=>past perfectHe said she had bought a dress.
    present perf. cont. 'I've been working all day.'=>past perf. cont.He said he had been working all day.
    past simple 'I went to London.'=>past perfectHe said he had gone to London.
    past continuous 'My friends were playing chess.'=>past perfect cont.He said his friends had been playing chess.
    past perfect 'I had lost my bag'..  pas de changement



     can     => could      'She can cook delicious meals.'       He said she could cook delicious meals.
     may=> might  'It may not rain this night.'He said it might not rain that night.
     must=> had to  'I must leave now.'She said she had to leave then.

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    1. Add the correct pronouns/possessive adjectives

                 direct speech                  indirect speech
    Sarah: 'I'm going to the cinema with my boyfriend.' Sarah said that was going to the cinema with boyfriend.
    The neighbours: 'Can you lend us a ladder?'They asked us if could lend a ladder.
    Tom: ' parents went with to Scotland.'Tom told me that his parents had gone with him to Scotland.
    Jim and Jill:' are looking at in the mirror.'They replied that they were looking at themselves in the mirror.

    2. Add the correct adverbs, tenses, demonstrative adjectives

                 direct speech                              indirect speech
    Our friends: 'We have never been here before.'Our friends told us that they had never been .
    Lara: 'I went to the swimming pool .'Lara said that she had gone to the swimming pool the day before.
    John: 'I'll have finished work by .'John told me that he would have finished that work by the next day.

    3. Add the correct verbs.

    She said, 'I have a terrible toothache today.'She said she

    a terrible toothache that day.My sister promised, 'I will come with you.'My sister promised she come with me.He told me, 'I was reading a book when the explosion occurred.'He told me that he a book when the explosion .Anna said, 'You   come and stay with me.Anna said that I could come and stay with her.Brian told me, ' I tennis for ten years.'He told me that he had been playing tennis for ten years.

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