Sumedha Manabarana

What is meant by ‘Reported Speech’?
Reported speech is the form of speech that we use to report what another person has said. (Here, the original speaker’s exact words are NOT used.)This is sometimes known as Indirect Speech or Quoted Speech.

What is Direct Speech?
Direct Speech is the form of speech that we use to report what another person has said using the original speaker’s exact words. The baby is feeling bored...

Examples: Direct Reported
Mimi said, “The baby is feeling bored.” Mimi said (that) the baby was feeling bored.

I like friendly people very much.

Direct David told Kathrina, “I like friendly people very much.” Reported David told Kathrina (that) he liked friendly people very much.
In reported speech, we usually talk about what somebody has said in the past. Therefore, the main verb of the reported sentence is usually past.

Statement, Question, or Request?

The structure differs a little depending on whether you want to transform a statement, question or request.

The hotel’s perfect and the food’s delicious.

The tourists said, “The hotel’s perfect and the food’s delicious.”

Reported The tourists said (that) the hotel was perfect and the food was delicious.


Do you speak Japanese?

Why don’t you speak English?

In writing we use these quotation marks to show direct speech.

Direct Hiroto asked Lady Judith, “Do you speak Japanese?” Reported Hiroto asked Lady Judith whether / if she spoke Japanese.

Direct Lady Judith asked Hiroto, “Why don’t you speak English English?”

Reported Lady Judith asked Hiroto why he didn’t speak English. .


Charlotte, tell me the truth...

Direct Christopher told Charlotte, “Charlotte, tell me the truth.”

Reported Christopher told Charlotte to tell him the truth.

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