Reported speech.Exercises 5


Exercise 1. Choose the correct verb form using the sequence of tenses. 


1. The doctor said to me that I (shall/should) rest for a week.

2. She says she (will come/would come) on time.

3. He said that he (is going/was going) to learn Spanish.

4. I say the weather (will be/would be) fine sooner or later.

5. He said that they (were/had been) friends at school.

6. I asked my sister what she (has/had) bought as a birthday present.

7. My cousin said he (can/could) ski very well.

8. Mother says to her son to (go/went) to the dentist.

9. He said that he (is/was) staying at Rites’ Hotel then.

10. I always say he (is/was) a very clever man.

11. She asked if her knowledge of French (is/was) good.

12. Kate said that she (has/had) many pets at home.

13. Jack said that he (wants/wanted) to And a new job.

14. He says to everyone he (has/had) just heard this news.

15. He said that he (lived/had lived) in Moscow many years before.

16. The teacher asked who (is /was) present that day.

17. The police warn the people that they (must/had to) be careful on the roads.

18. She said that it (is/was) a secret between us.

19. My friend says he (has/had) just returned from London.

20. Bob said he (will/would) leave soon.


Exercise 2. Put the following sentences into Reported speech.

А. Повествовательное предложение.

Подл. + said / told + that + подл.+ сказуемое в нужном прошедшем времени.

1. I’m going to the seaside soon,’ she said.

2. The film will be interesting,’ I hoped.

3. I have just bought the tickets to the cinema,’ she told us.

4. Breakfast is served from 7 till 9,’ said the waiter.

5. Everything must be ready in time, ’ he ordered.

6. I’m sorry that I lost your ticket’, he said.

7. It wasn’t me who took your glasses’, he said.

8. I’m sorry for making you angry yesterday’, he said

9. The weather is so cold but I haven’t got a jacket’, she said

10. A gardener is cutting the grass at the moment’, she warned

11. I can’t see you this evening because I’ve got a lot to do,’ Ann told me.

12. I ’m going to bed early tonight’, Caroline said

13. We don’t want to watch a film tonight’, the children said.

14. I won’t visit my friends this evening’, Sam told us.

15. I received a parcel this morning, but I haven’t opened it yet’, Tom said

16. We may visit our grandparents tonight’, mother said.

17. I need you to help me with the shopping’, mother said to me.

18. It was a good time for my family’, grandfather said.

19. I haven’t spoken to Mary since last year,’ she said.

20. I’d like to buy this coat’, he said.

B. Вопросительное предложение.

Подл. + asked + if (whether)/вonpoc. слово + подл. + сказуемое в нужном прошедшем времени.

1. Does this bus stop at the next station?’ asked Helen.

2. Have you reserved a seat?’ I asked him.

3. Are you working now?’ he asked her.

4. Did you sleep well last night?’ I asked my mother.

5. Can you play the piano?’ the teacher asked.

6. Will you come again? she asked

7. Will you take the children to school today?’ he asked me.

8. Have you ever been to the British Museum?’ Mary asked him.

9. Does Mike like playing football?’ John wanted to know.

10. Were you waiting for us for a long time?’ she worried.

11. Why are you late?’ I asked her.

12. Where were you yesterday?’ his father asked.

13. Who has broken the window?’ the teacher shouted.

14. Where will we meet next time?’ I wanted to know.

15. What can I do for you?’ she asked.

16. Why are you smiling?’ he asked

17. When are you going to decorate the New Year tree?’ mother asked her son.

18. Where is the tourist information office?’ we asked.

19. Who called you today?’ he asked.

20. Where did you study?’ he wondered.

C. Повелительное предложение.

Подл. + asked/ ordered/ told + (not) to +’инфинитив.

1. Don’t touch anything!’ she ordered.

2. Lend me some money.’ she asked.

3. Look at this paper,’ he said.

4. Think well before you answer,’ he advised.

5. Don’t go alone in the evening,’ she warned.

6. Don’t lie to me!’ my mother said.

7. Come with me’, he suggested.

8. Don’t play with matches,’ his mother ordered.

9. Feed the dogs, please,’ he asked me.

10. Sweep the kitchen floor,’ she asked.


Exercise 3. Choose the right answer.


1. He wanted to know if I had been to the party

a. this week

b. that week

c. next week

2. She asked me if I... her dinner.

a. like

b. liked

c. had liked

3. He said he ... late that evening.

a. will be

b. is

c. would be

4. The secretary said that Miss Brown wasn’t ...

a. there

b. here

c. in there

5. The children said they ... like the film.

a. don’t

b. didn’t

c. hadn’t

6. Ann says she ... this film.

a. already saw

b. had already seen

c. has already seen

7. He asked me how I felt ...

a. this day

b. today

c. that day

8. She said that she ... eighteen years old the following Sunday.

a. will be

b. would be

c. was

9. He said that they ... to Britain before.

a. had never been

b. have never been

c. were never

10. My neighbour said that his son had gone away ...

a. ago

b. before

c. before long

11. She said that she ... very busy then.

a. was

b. is

c. will be

12. The teacher told the children ... so much noise.

a. don’t

b. not to make

c. not make

13. He said that he ... play different musical instruments then.

a. could

b. can

c. would be able

14. The girl said that her name ... Jane.

a. is

b. are

c. was

15. He said that... weeks had been the longest ones in his life.

a. this

b. those

c. these

16. Peter agreed that he ... to give up smoking.

a. has

b. had

c. have

17. He asked me whether he ... the doctor.

a. would call

b. will call

c. should call

18. My mother told me ... more quietly.

a. to say

b. to ask

c. to speak

19. She told me that she ... to visit her relatives in Kiev.

a. is going

b. was going

c. would going

20. Julia said that she had to leave....

a. now

b. at the moment

c. immediately

21. Ted asked if I... the drink.

a. liked

b. would like

c. like

22. The policeman asked what....

a. happened

b. did happen

c. had happened

23. He said that he hadn’t had anything to eat....

a. this morning

b. that morning

c. at the morning

24. She says that she ... think about it.

a. will

b. would

c. is

25. Kate said that she would see me....

a. the following day

b. tomorrow

c. in the next day









Exercise 1. 1. should 2. will come 3. was going 4. will be 5. had been 6. had 7. could 8. go 9. was 10. is 11. was 12. had 13. wanted 14. has 15. had lived 16. was 17. must 18. was 19. has 20. would

Exercise 2. A.

I. She said (that) she was going to the seaside soon.

2. I hoped (that) the film would be interesting.

3. She told us (that) she had just bought the tickets to the cinema.

4. The waiter said (that) breakfast was served from 7 till 9.

5. He ordered (that) everything had to be ready in time.

6. He said (that) he was sorry that he had lost my ticket.

7. He said (that) it hadn’t been him who had taken my glasses.

8. He said (that) he was sorry for making me angry the day before.

9. He said (that) the weather was so cold but she hadn’t got a jacket.

10. She warned (that) the gardener was cutting the grass at the moment.

11. Ann told me that she couldn’t see me that evening because she had got a lot to do.

12. Caroline said that she was going to bed early that night.

13. The children said that they didn’t want to watch a film that night.

14. Sam told us that he wouldn’t visit his friend that evening.

15. Tom said that he received a parcel that morning but he hadn’t opened it yet.

16. Mother said that they might visit their grandparents that night.

17. Mother said to me that she needed me to help her with the shopping.

18. Grandfather said that it had been a good time for his family.

19. She said that she hadn’t spoken to Mary since the year before.

20. He said that he would like to buy that coat.

B. 1. Helen asked if that bus stopped at the next station.

2. I asked him if he had reserved a seat.

3. He asked her if she was working at that moment.

4. I asked my mother if she had slept well the night before.

5. The teacher asked if I could play the piano.

6. She asked if I would come again.

7. He asked if I would take the children to school that day.

8. Mary asked him if he had ever been to the British Museum.

9. John wanted to know if Mike liked playing football.

10. She worried if I/we had been waiting for them for a long time.

11. I asked her why she was late.

12. His father asked where he had been the day before.

13. The teacher shouted who had broken the window.

14. I wanted to know where we would meet next time.

15. She asked what she could do for me.

16. He asked why I was smiling.

17. Mother asked her child when he was going to decorate the New Year tree.

18. We asked where the tourist information office was.

19. He asked who had called me that day.

20. He wondered where I had studied.

C. 1. She ordered not to touch anything.

2. She asked to lend her some money.

3. He told to look at that paper.

4. He advised to think well before I answered/ before answering.

5. She warned not to go alone in the evening.

6. My mother told not to lie to her.

7. He suggested to come with him.

8. His mother ordered not to play with matches.

9. He asked me to feed the dogs.

10. She asked to sweep the kitchen floor.

Exercise 3. 1. b 2. b 3. с 4. a 5. b 6. с 7. с 8. b 9. a 10. b 11. a 12. b 13. a 14. с 15. b 16. b 17. a 18. с 19. b 20. b 21. a 22. с 23. b 24. a 25. a



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