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  reported speech exercises
 
A) Write the sentences in reported speech.
1. "I am working outside Izmir this month."
He said he was working outside Izmir that month.
2. "It is cold here and I am sitting inside my house."
Jim says .................................................................................
3. "I arrived home with my family yesterday."
She told me ...............................................................................
4. "I want to spend a quiet evening at home."
Jane said that.............................................................................
5. "We can go shopping tomorrow afternoon if you want to."
Tom told me that.......................................................................
6. "I don't like noisy students."
Mary said to me that...................................................................
7. "We can't stay for long as I have to get back to school."
Bill told her...............................................................................
8. "I went to Istanbul a year ago and I liked it very much."
Jill said to me ............................................................................
9. "I will learn English when I am fourteen."
Mary has told me ......................................................................
10."l haven't got any money for tickets."
Bill says that ............................................................................
 
B) Choose the correct answer.
1. Bill: " I will be an English teacher next year."   Bill said that he would he an English teacher tlie following year.
a) he will be an English teacher next year.
b) I would be an English teacher the following year.
c) he would be an English teacher the following year.
d) he will be an English teacher the following year.
 
2. Melih : "I can speak English."                        Melih told me that........................................................
a) he can speak English.
b) I could speak English.
c) I can speak English.
d) he could speak English.
 
3. Jim : "I was in Italy last month."         Jim said to me .............................................................
a) he had been in Italy the previous month.
b) he was in Italy the previous month.
c) he had been in Italy last month.
d) I had been in Italy the previous month.
 
4. Mary : "I am very hungry."                 Mary says that.............................................................
a) she was very hungry.
b) she is very hungry.
c) I am very hungry.
d) I was very hungry.
5. Sandy : "I don't know where John is."                        Sandy told us ..............................................................
a) she didn't know where John is.
b) I don't know where John was.
c) she didn't know where John was.
d) I didn't know where John was.
 
6. Jack : "I will be at home the day after tomorrow."       Jack told me that.........................................................
a) he would be at home two days after.
b) I would be at home two days after.
c) he will be at home two days after.
d) he would be at home two days before.
 
7. Ilayda : "I am doing my homework now."                   Ilayda said that...........................................................
a) she is doing her homework then.
b) she was doing my homework then.
c) she was doing her homework then.
d) she is doing my homework then.
 
8. Bill: "My socks are too small for me."                                   Bill says that...............................................................
a) his socks were too small for him.
b) my socks were too small for him.
c) my socks are too small for me.
d) his socks are too small for him.
 
9. Semih : " I bought a new book yesterday."                Semih told her.................................................................
a) he bought a new book yesterday.
b) he had bought a new book the day before.
c) I had bought a new book yesterday.
d) I bought a new book the day before.
 
10. Jim : "I don't know how to speak English."               Jim tells the teacher .....................................................
a) he didn't know how to speak English.
b) I don't know how to speak English.
c) I didn't know how to speak English.
d) he doesn't know how to speak English.
 
C)Read what Gonca says in direct speech and rewrite the paragraph in reported speech.
 
"My father is in Ankara with me. We are eating pizza in a restaurant now. He will return to Afyon tomorrow. I will tell you about my school and friends. My school is far away from Ankara. I've rented a nice apartment in Ayranci. I can go to school by bus. I am learning English at my school this year. I have got a lot of friends. They come from different cities ofTtirkiye. They are great!"
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D) Rewrite the sentences in reported speech.
1. "Do you live in this town ?", Bill asked me.                            Bill asked, me if I lived in that town.
1. "Which is the best travel agency ?", she asked me.               ……………………………………………………….
3. "Is there room for me to stay with you ?", I asked her.                       ……………………………………………………….
4. "How long have you been in Istanbul ?", she asked me.         ……………………………………………………….
5. "Why don't they like this town ?", she wanted to know.           ……………………………………………………….
6. "Why was Jane crying yesterday ?", Jim wondered.               ……………………………………………………….
7. "Do you know how to ride a bike ?", I asked him.                   ……………………………………………………….
8. "Are you driving without a driving licence ?", he asked her,    ………………………………………………………
9. "Where did you go last summer ?", Bill asked Mary.              ……………………………………………………….
10."Will you finish your homework tomorrow ?", he asked us.    ……………………………………………………….
 
E) Choose the correct answer.
1. "Why did you decide to buy this one ?"                    She asked him why he had decided to buy that one.
a) why he decided to buy that one.
b) why I decided to buy this one.
c) why he had decided to buy that one.
d) why I had decided to buy.
 
2. "Are you going to visit your aunt tomorrow?"             Jim asked Mary..............................................................
a) if she was going to visit her aunt the next day.
b) whether I was going to visit my aunt the next day.
c) if she is going to visit her aunt tomorrow.
d) whether she was going to visit my aunt the next day.
 
3. "Why don't the students get up early ?"                     The principal wanted to know ............. ....................
a) why they don't get up early.
b) why they didn't get up early.
c) why didn't they get up early.
d) why don't they get up early.
 
4. "When are you coming to Izmir ?"                             They asked Bill ...................................
a) when he is going to Izmir.
b) when he was coming to Izmir.
c) when I was going to Izmir.
d) when he was going to Izmir.
 
5. "Why didn't you play tennis last weekend ?"              Max asked Anna and Jim ............................................
a) why they didn't play tennis the previous weekend.
b) why they hadn't played tennis the previous weekend.
c) why hadn't they played tennis the previous weekend.
d) why they hadn't played tennis last weekend.
           
 
 
 
F) Write the sentences in reported speech.
1.  "Don't be late for school!"   
She told me not to be late for school.
2.  "Would you help us, please ?"
They asked me ..........................................................
3.  "Could you open the box, please?"
She asked me...........................................................
4.  "Don't ask so many questions!"
The teacher told us ....................................................
5.  "Drive carefully!"
My mother told me ...................................................
6.  "Stop shouting, girls. I am studying,"
She ordered the girls .................................................
7.  "Don't eat too much today !"
Our mother told us ....................................................
8.  "Dad, please buy me a pizza !"
The little boy begged his father.................................
9.  "Turn the radio off and do your homework, Jim !"
Tom's father ordered him ..............................................
10. "Don't jump into the swimming pool!"
He told us .....................................................................
 
G) Choose the correct answer.
1. "Don't interrupt me '."                                               The teacher ordered the students …………………
a) not interrupt him
b) not to interrupt him
c) to not interrupt him
d) interrupted
 
2. "Please don't make noise!"                           My mum asked me .......................................................
a) to not make noise
b) don't make noise
c) to make noise
d) not to make noise
 
3. "Put your hands over your head !"                 The policeman told me .........................
a) put my hands over my head.
b) to put my hands over your head.
c) to put my hands over my head.
d) not to put my hands over my head.
 
4. "Close the door on your way out!"                 Jill told me ............................................
a) to close the door on my way out.
b) not to close the door on my way out.
c) to close the door on your way out.
d) close the door on my way out.
REPORTED SPEECH (MIXED EXERCISES)
A) Read the letter and complete the sentences.
Dear Mary,
I love Istanbul. I'm working very hard, but I'm having fun, too. The weather is very nice, so I am writing this letter in the park. Everyone around me looks happy. Next weekend I'm going on a tour of the city. We'll visit museums and art galleries. After that, we are going to eat dinner in a famous restaurant. I'll be home on Monday. I hope you can meet me at the airport.
Love,
Jim.
 
1. Jim said he loved Istanbul.
2. He said he ......................... very hard.
3. He said he ......................... fun, too.
4. He said the weather ......................... very nice.
5. He said everyone ......................... happy.
6. He said he ......................... on a tour of the city.
7. He said they ......................... visit museums and art galleries.
8. He said they ......................... dinner in a famous restaurant.
9. He said he ......................... home on Monday.
10.He said he ......................... Mary ......................... him at the airport.
 
B) Read the dialogue and complete the sentences.
Semih   At last we can visit the museum !
Melih   I can't wait to go inside. It is very beautiful.
Semih   It is strange that there is nobody walking outside the building.
Melih   I think that is wonderful. We are going to be alone there.
Semih   I want to read the sign. It says " The museum will be closed for the next two weeks
because it is being repaired !"
Melih   Oh, nooo !!!
 
Semih said that at last they could visit  the museum. Melih said that he ......................... to go inside it. He said that it......................... very beautiful. Semih said that it......................... strange that there ......................... nobody walking outside the building. Melih said that he ......................... that......................... wonderful. He said that they ......................... to be alone there. Semih said that he .........................''to read that sign. It said that the museum......................... closed for the next two weeks because it..................... being repaired. Melih said, "Oh, nooo !"
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
C) Write the sentences in reported speech.
1. "We want two hamburgers and fried potatoes", the children say.
The children say they want two hamburgers and fried potatoes.
2. "It is two blocks north of the river", the guide says.
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3. Linda said, "I won't write another postcard."
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4. "I'll make some egg sandwiches", Caria said.
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5. "I want to bake an apple pie", said Henry.
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6. "Why didn't you clean the house yesterday, Mary ?", Jim wanted to know.
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7. "Can you help me with my homework. Dad ?", Bill asked.
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8. "Don't get up late on Mondays", she told him.
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9. "Would you give me this book, please ?", she asked.
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10."Let's watch this film", Jim said.
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11."Study your lessons because you have got some exams next week", my mother said.
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12."How long have you been learning English ?", Bill asked Mary.
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13."Do you speak English ?", the tourist asked me.
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14."What will you do tomorrow, Jim ?", Jill asked.
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15."I don't know what she does", I will say to her.
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16."I didn't understand the meaning of the word", he said to me.
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17."You mustn't watch TV a lot", the teacher said to us.
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18."You needn't get up early tomorrow", she told me.
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19." May I go out, teacher ? I am ill", Jane said.
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20."What are you doing here, boys ?", the principal asked.
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