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GRAMMAR & STRUCTURE — Exercises
Reported Speech

 
 

Answer the following questions to check your knowledge of reported speech.

Choose the correct reported speech statement for the following situations.

Example

Julia: I am hungry. (Julia is hungry now.) You tell a friend what Julia said.

Julia said that she was hungry.
Julia says that she is hungry.

The correct answer is "Julia says that she is hungry."



1.

At 3:00 Julia says, "I am hungry." At 5:00 Rachael repeats Julia's statement.

  Julia told me that she was hungry.
  Julia tells me that she is hungry.
     
2.

Last week Michael said, "I did not like vegetables when I was a child." This week Rachael repeats Michael's statement.

  Michael said that he does not like vegetables when he was a child.
  Michael said that he did not like vegetables when he was a child.
     
3.

Yesterday Crispin said, "I found a spider in my soup last night." Today Rachael repeats Crispin's statement.

  Crispin said that he had found a spider in his soup the night before yesterday.
  Crispin said that he found a spider in his soup last night.
     
4.

On Friday Charles said, "I am going to have a party next Friday." On Wednesday Rachael repeats Charles' statement.

  Charles said that he was going to have a party on Friday.
  Charles said that he is going to have a party on Friday.
     
5.

In March Bob asked, "Will you marry me, Jane?" In April, Rachael repeats Bob's question.

  Bob asked Jane if she would marry him.
  Bob asked Jane if she will marry him.
     
6.

On Sunday Jason said, "I had a great time at the party." On Monday, Rachael repeats Jason's statement.

  Jason said that he has a great time at the party.
  Jason said that he had a great time at the party.
     
7.

At 8:00 the prime minister says, "The country's economy is improving." Rachael repeats the prime minister's statement the next day.

  The prime minister said that the country's economy had been improving.
  The prime minister said that the country's economy is improving.
     
8.

Last night Anna said, "I know where I am going." Rachael repeats Anna's statement today.

  Anna said that she knew where she was going.
  Anna said that she had known where she was going.
     
9.

Frank said, "I was visiting my mother yesterday afternoon." Rachael repeats Frank's statement.

  Frank said he had been visiting his mother.
  Frank said he was visiting his mother.
     
10.

At 5:00 Frank phoned Rachael and said, "I am visiting my mother." Frank is not visiting his mother now. Rachael repeats Frank's statement at 7:00.

  Frank said he was visiting his mother.
  Frank said he is visiting his mother.