Reported speech – simple statements – Exercise 1

Task No. 1125

Finish the sentences using Reported Speech. 

Always change the tense, although it is sometimes not necessary.

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Reported Speech – a summary

Welcome to your Reported speech – simple statements – Exercise 1

1
John: "Susan is at work."
John said (that) .
Clue
Change IS (Present Simple) to WAS (Past Simple)
2
Monica: "Peter often plays football."
Monica told me (that) .
Clue
Change PLAYS (Present Simple) to PLAYED (Past Simple)
3
Susan: "I'm watching a film."
Susan said to me (that) .
Clue
Change I am watching (Present Continuous) to SHE was watching (Past Continuous)
4
Sean: "Jake was in a mood."
Sean said (that) .
Clue
Change WAS (Past Simple) to HAD BEEN (Past Perfect)
5
Dad: "The boys helped in the garden."
Dad told me (that) .
Clue
Changed HELPED (Past Simple) to HAD HELPED (Past Perfect)
6
Helena: "I am going to buy a car."
Helena said to me (that) .
Clue
Change "I am going" to "She was going"
7
Simon and Max: "We have cleaned the house."
Simon and Max told me (that) .
Clue
Change WE have cleaned ( Present Perfect) to THEY had cleaned (Past Perfect)
8
Chris: "I didn't have time to go to the shops."
Chris remarked (that) .
Clue
Change didn't + have (Past Simple) to hadn't had (Past Perfect) and change I to HE
9
Fred: "My father will be 65 years old."
Fred told me (that) .
Clue
Change WILL to WOULD and MY to HIS
10
John: "The manager must read this email."
John said (that) .
Clue
Change the modal MUST to HAD TO ( Past Simple)