Sunday, 29 January 2012


Telling someone what another said is called reported speech.
How often do you have to report what someone else said? Really often. We do this every day. Children tell parents what teachers and classmates said at school. Friends tell one another about events from their day, including what co-workers, classmates, neighbours, and relatives said. Because reported speech does not use the speaker’s exact words, it’s also called indirect speech. It’s different from quoted or direct speech, which uses the speaker’s original words.

What did they say?

The following presentation tries to sum up the main changes that take place when we report what somebody previously said:

Practice on Reported Speech
Reported Speech Worksheet

Online Practice

Statements1Questions1Commands1 (Affirmative)
Statements2(time expressions)
Questions2Commands2 (Negative)
Statements3 (gap-filling)Questions3 (time expressions)     Commands3

Revise Reporting Verbs with this useful video:

The following video gives further and modre detailed explanation on reporting verbs.

The following presentation sums up the different reporting verbs and their patterns. 

Now it's time to practice them by doing the activities below.

Reporting Verbs 1
Reporting Verbs 2
Reporting Verbs 3
Quizz 1
Report the text

Game on reporting verbs

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