1. Underline the correct words to complete the sentences.
1 Matthew said, ‘I want to play football with my friends.’
He told me / said me / told that we want / I wanted / he wanted to play football with my / his / your friends.
2 Naomi said, ‘I’ll help you with the washing-up.’
She told / said / said me that she will / I would / she would help me / her / you with the washing-up.
3 Angela said, ‘My mum’s watching a film on TV with my little brother.’
She told / told me / said me that my / his / her mum had watched / was watching / watching a film on TV with her / his / my little brother.
4 David said, ‘We went to the park with some friends from our school.’
He said / told / said me that they’ve been / they’d been / we’ve been to the park with some friends from our / her / their school.
5 James said, ‘Andy, my dad can’t take us to the zoo on Saturday.’
He said me / told him / said him that my / her / his dad couldn’t / could / didn’t can take us / them / me to the zoo on Saturday.
6 Josh said, ‘I think that we’ll go to the beach with our cousins after lunch.’
He told / told us / said us that he is thinking / thought / had thought that we will go / he would go / they would go to the beach with my / their / her cousins after lunch.
7 She said, ‘I’ve already done all my homework.’
She said / told / said me that she already did / I’ve already done / she’d already done all my / his / her homework.
8 Adam said, ‘My little sister isn’t going to come to my birthday party!’
He told / told us / said us that my / her / his little sister isn’t going to / wasn’t going to / not going to come to his / her / our birthday party.
2 said, she would, me
3 told me, her, was watching, her
4 said, they’d been, their
5 told him, his, couldn’t, them
6 told us, thought, they would go, their
7 said she’d already done, her
8 told us, his, wasn’t going to, his
2. Read the direct speech sentences. Use reported speech to report what the speaker said. Make any necessary changes to the underline words.
1 ‘I’m waiting for my bus to come.’
She said she was waiting for her bus to come. OR She said that she was waiting for her bus to come.
2 ‘I’ll invite you and your brother to my house for dinner next week.’
He told me …
3 ‘You can use my tablet to do your homework.’
She told James …
4 ‘The traffic was really bad, so we missed the 17:15 train.’
He said …
5 ‘We’re going to buy you a lovely present for your birthday.’
She told me …
6 ‘I’ve just tried calling my friend, but she didn’t reply, so I think she’s away on holiday.’
He said …
2 He told me he would invite us to his house for dinner next week. / He told me that he would invite us to his house for dinner next week.
3 She told James he could use her tablet to do his homework. / She told James that he could use her tablet to do his homework.
4 He said the traffic had been really bad, so they had missed the 17:15 train. / He said that the traffic had been really bad, so they had missed the 17:15 train.
5 She told me they were going to buy me a lovely present for my birthday. / She told me that they were going to buy me a lovely present for my birthday.
6 He said he had just tried calling his friend, but she hadn’t replied, so he thought she was away on holiday. / He said that he had just tried calling his friend, but she hadn’t replied, so he thought she was away on holiday.
3. Choose the correct answer option in the reported speech.
1 I can swim 12 km.
He said he could / would swim 12 km.
2 He isn’t going to go to the party.
She said he wouldn’t going / wasn’t going to go to the party.
3 We’ll phone you when we get there.
They said they were / would phone him when they got / get there.
4 We saw you steal the laptop.
We said we’d seen / we’ve seen him steal the laptop.
5 I’ll go and get the car from the garage.
She said she’ll go / she’d go and get the car from the garage.
6 We like flying.
We told them / said them we would like / liked flying.
7 Then can come to the party.
They said they will come / could come to the party.
8 I have been to New York a few times.
I said I went / had been to New York a few times.
1 could 2 wasn’t going 3 would; got 4 we’d seen 5 she’d go
6 told them; liked 7 could come 8 had been
4. Complete the reported sentences with the correct pronouns and possessive adjectives.
1 I don’t want to see you tonight.
She told me …she… didn’t want to see …me… tonight.
2 All of my friends are going to the cinema.
He said all of ………… friends were going to the cinema.
3 You can’t go out until you finish your homework.
He told us ………… couldn’t go out until ………… finished ………… homework.
4 I’ve left my book on the train.
She told me ………… had left ………… book on the train.
5 You’ll catch a cold if you don’t wear your coats.
I said they would catch a cold if ………… didn’t wear ………… coats.
6 You can’t tell me what I can and can’t do!
I told my parents ………… couldn’t tell ………… what ………… could and couldn’t do.
1 she; me 2 his 3 we; we; our 4 she; her 5 they; their 6 they; me; I
5. Report the statements.
1 ‘We can’t leave the party.’ He said …
2 ‘Marc has moved to a new flat.’ She told me …
3 ‘I’m seeing Sarah later.’ He said …
4 ‘I’ll help you with the shopping.’ She said …
5 ‘Michele got a great new job.’ He told me …
6 ‘I’m going to get a new car.’ He said …
7 ‘I don’t like the hotel.’ She told me …
1 He said (that) we couldn’t leave the party.
2 She told me (that) Marc had moved to a new flat.
3 He said (that) he was seeing Sarah later.
4 She said (that) she would help me with the shopping.
5 He told me (that) Michele had got a great new job.
6 He said (that) he was going to get a new car.
7 She told me (that) she didn’t like the hotel.
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