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In SSC CGL Tier 2 about 25 questions are asked from Direct and indirect speech also known as narration. So it is very important for students to score well in this section if they want an overall good score. These days the competition is cut-throat as students are scoring full marks in English.We have covered all those questions here which were asked in SSC CGL Tier 2 2020 Mains. Try to attempt the questions first and then refer to the detailed solutions for answers and explanations. 

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Direct | Indirect Speech (Narration)

Previous Year questions

Q1. I said to Promod, “How did you break your leg?”

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(a)I asked Promod how he had broken your leg. 

(b)I asked Promod how he had broken his leg. 

(c)I asked Promod how did you break your leg. 

(d)I asked Promod how you broke your leg. 

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Q2. The driver said to the passerby, “Do you know the way to the market?”

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(a) The driver asked the passerby if he knew the way to the market. 

(b) The driver asked the passerby whether you know the way to the market. 

(c) The driver asked the passerby if he knows the way to the market. 

(d) The driver asked the passerby did he know the way to the market. 

Q3. Rani said to me, “A monkey bit me in the park.” 

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(a) Rani asked me if a monkey bit me in the park. 

(b) Rani told me that a monkey bit me in the park. 

(c) Rani told me that a monkey had bitten her in the park. 

(d) Rani told me that a monkey has bitten her in the park. 

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Q4. Anshul told me that his mother was not at home and that she would be back the following day. 

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(a) Anshul said to me, “My mother was not at home. She will be back the following day.” 

(b) Anshul said to me, “My mother is not at home. She will be back tomorrow.” 

(c) Anshul said to me, “My mother is not at home. She would be back the following day.” 

(d) Anshul said to me, “His mother was not at home. She would be back tomorrow.” 

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Q5. Taru said, “Kavya is going to her grandmother’s house today for the weekend.”

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(a) Taru said that Kavya is going to her grandmother’s house today for the weekend. 

(b) Taru said that Kavya has gone to her grandmother’s house that day for the weekend. 

(c) Taru said that Kavya was going to her grandmother’s house that day for the Weekend. 

(d) Taru said that Kavya was going to her grandmother’s house today for the weekend.

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Q6. Amit said to me, “Your parents are waiting for you.” 

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(a) Amit told me that his parents were waiting for me. 

(b) Amit told me that your parents are waiting for you. 

(c) Amit told me that my parents were waiting for me. 

(d) Amit asked me if my parents were waiting for me. 

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Q7. Madhuri told me that I could stay in her flat whenever I was in Kolkata.

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(a) Madhuri said to me, “I could stay in her flat whenever I was in Kolkata.” 

(b) Madhuri said to me, “You can stay in my flat whenever you are in Kolkata.” 

(c) Madhuri said to me, “You could stay in her flat whenever she was in Kolkata.” 

(d) Madhuri said to me, “I can stay in my flat whenever I am in Kolkata.”  

Q8. Esha said, “Avika is not going to school today as she has fever.” 

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(a) Esha said that Avika was not going to school that day as she had fever. 

(b) Esha said that Avika is not going to school today as she has fever. 

(c) Esha said that Avika had not gone to school that day as she was having fever. 

(d) Esha said that Avika was not going to school today as she has fever. 

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Q9. Mother said to me, “Will you help me in cleaning the house?” 

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(a) Mother told me that I should help her in cleaning the house. 

(b) Mother asked me will you help me in cleaning the house. 

(c) Mother asked me if you would help her in cleaning the house. 

(d) Mother asked me if I would help her in cleaning the house. 

Q10. She exclaimed that I looked very beautiful in that dress. 

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(a) She said, “How beautiful I look in this dress!” 

(b) She said, “How beautiful you look in this dress!” 

(c) She said, “How beautiful she looks in this dress!” 

(d) She said, “How beautiful I looked in that dress!” 

Q11. The salesman said that he had verified all the bills while the goods were being packed. 

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(a) The salesman said, “I verified all the bills while the goods were being packed.” 

(b) The salesman said, “I am verifying all the bills while the goods are being packed.” 

(c) The salesman said, “I have verified all the bills while the goods are packed.” 

(d) The salesman said, “He had verified all the bills while the goods was being packed.”

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Q12. “Press button A to start the machine,” said the instructor to the trainees.

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(a) The instructor told the trainees to press button A to start the machine. 

(b) The instructor requested the trainees press button A to start the machine. 

(c) The instructor told the trainees that pressing button A would start the machine. 

(d) The instructor said to the trainees that you should press button A to start the machine. 

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Q13. Anurag says that he would like to be an electronics engineer when he grows up. 

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(a) Anurag says, “He likes to be an electronics engineer when he grows up.” 

(b) Anurag says, “I would like to be an electronics engineer when I grow up.” 

(c) Anurag said, “I will like to be an electronics engineer when I grow up.” 

(d) Anurag says, “I like to be an electronics engineer when I grow up.” 

Q14. Taru told me that Avika was having her online cooking class then. 

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(a) Taru said to me, “Avika was having her online cooking class at this time.” 

(b) Taru said to me, “Avika will be having her online cooking class now.” 

(c) Taru said to me, “Avika is having her online cooking class at that time.” 

(d) Taru said to me, “Avika is having her online cooking class now.” 

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Q15. Our Principal says, “Rules are to be followed at any cost.” 

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(a) Our Principal told that rules are to be followed at any cost. 

(b) Our Principal said that rules had to be followed at any cost. 

(c) Our Principal advised that rules need to be followed at any cost. 

(d) Our Principal says that rules are to be followed at any cost. 

Q16. He regretted the mistake he had made in his calculations. 

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(a) He said, “I regret the mistake I made in my calculations.” 

(b) He said, “He regrets the mistake he made in my calculations.” 

(c) He said, “I regretted the mistake I made in my calculations.” 

(d) He said, “I am sorry for the mistake I made in his calculations.” 

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Q17. I asked Rahul why he was back so soon. 

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(a) I said to Rahul, “Why he was back so soon?” 

(b) I said to Rahul, “Why you are back so soon?” 

(c) I asked to Rahul, “Why was he back so soon?” 

(d) I said to Rahul, “Why are you back so soon?” 

Q18. She said, “Is anyone there in the house?” 

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(a) She told there is someone in the house. 

(b) She asked if anyone was there in the house. 

(c) She asked there is anyone in the house. 

(d) She enquired if someone is there in the house. 

Q19. Taru said that she could not leave the children alone. 

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(a) Taru said, “I cannot leave the children alone.” 

(b) Taru said, “She would not leave the children alone.” 

(c) Taru said, “I will not leave the children alone.” 

(d) Taru said, “I could not be leaving the children alone.” 

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Q20. I said to my friend, “Please help me arrange these books on the shelf.” 

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(a) I requested my friend to help me arrange those books on the shelf. 

(b) I asked my friend to help me arrange these books on the shelf. 

(c) I ordered my friend to help me arrange those books on the shelf. 

(d) I told to my friend to please help me arrange those books on the shelf. 

Solutions with a detailed explanation:-

Sol 1.(b) I asked Promod how he had broken his leg. (Correct)

(a)I asked Promod how he had broken your leg.(“your” in the reported speech is incorrect) 

(c)I asked Promod how did you break your leg. (Change of reported speech to interrogative simple past is incorrect)

(d)I asked Promod how you broke your leg. (Change of reported speech to simple past is incorrect.)

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Sol 2. (a) The driver asked the passerby if he knew the way to the market. (Correct)

(b) The driver asked the passerby whether you know the way to the market.(change of reported speech to simple present is incorrect) 

(c) The driver asked the passerby if he knows the way to the market. (Change of reported speech to simple present is incorrect.) 

(d) The driver asked the passerby did he know the way to the market. (Change of reported speech to simple past interrogative is incorrect.)

Sol 3. (c)Rani told me that a monkey had bitten her in the park. (Correct)

(a) Rani asked me if a monkey bit me in the park. (Incorrect reported verb and tense)

(b) Rani told me that a monkey bit me in the park. (Change of reported speech to simple present is incorrect and incorrect pronoun.)

(d) Rani told me that a monkey has bitten her in the park. (Change of reported speech to present perfect is incorrect)

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Sol 4. (b) Anshul said to me, “My mother is not at home. She will be back tomorrow.”(Correct)

(a) Anshul said to me, “My mother was not at home. She will be back the following day.” (Change of reported speech  to simple past and also the following day is wrong)

(c) Anshul said to me, “My mother is not at home. She would be back the following day.” (Incorrect tense  & also the following day is incorrect)

(d) Anshul said to me, “His mother was not at home. She would be back tomorrow.” (Incorrect tense )

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Sol 5. (c ) Taru said that Kavya was going to her grandmother’s house that day for the weekend. (Correct)

(a) Taru said that Kavya is going to her grandmother’s house today for the weekend. (Use of present continuous is incorrect )

(b) Taru said that Kavya has gone to her grandmother’s house that day for the weekend. (Change of reported speech to present perfect is incorrect )

(d) Taru said that Kavya was going to her grandmother’s house today for the weekend.(“today” is incorrect)

Sol 6. (c)Amit told me that my parents were waiting for me. (Correct)

(a) Amit told me that his parents were waiting for me.(“His parents” in the reported speech is incorrect) 

(b) Amit told me that your parents are waiting for you. (Change of reported speech to present continuous tense) 

(d) Amit asked me if my parents were waiting for me. (“if” in the reported speech is incorrect.) 

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Sol 7. (b) Madhuri said to me, “You can stay in my flat whenever you are in Kolkata.”(Correct)

(a) Madhuri said to me, “I could stay in her flat whenever I was in Kolkata.” (Incorrect verb and pronoun in reported speech)

(c) Madhuri said to me, “You could stay in her flat whenever she was in Kolkata.” (Incorrect pronoun)

(d) Madhuri said to me, “I can stay in my flat whenever I am in Kolkata.”(can stay in my flat)

 Sol 8. (a) Esha said that Avika was not going to school that day as she had fever.(Correct)

(b) Esha said that Avika is not going to school today as she has fever. (Change of reported speech to present continous is incorrect)

(c) Esha said that Avika had not gone to school that day as she was having fever. (Change of reported speech to past perfect is incorrect)

(d) Esha said that Avika was not going to school today as she has fever. (“today” is incorrect in reported speech)

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Sol 9. (d)  Mother asked me if I would help her in cleaning the house.(Correct)

(a) Mother told me that I should help her in cleaning the house. (Incorrect tense in reported speech)

(b) Mother asked me will you help me in cleaning the house. (Change of reported speech to simple interrogative future is incorrect.)

(c) Mother asked me if you would help her in cleaning the house. (Incorrect pronoun) 

Sol 10. (b) She said, “How beautiful you look in this dress!”(Correct)

(a) She said, “How beautiful I look in this dress!” (Incorrect pronoun)

(c) She said, “How beautiful she looks in this dress!”(Incorrect pronoun)

(d) She said, “How beautiful I looked in that dress!” (Incorrect pronoun)

Sol 11. (a) The salesman said, “I verified all the bills while the goods were being packed.” (Correct)

(b) The salesman said, “I am verifying all the bills while the goods are being packed.” (Change of reported speech  to present continuous)

(c) The salesman said, “I have verified all the bills while the goods are packed.” (Change of reported speech to present perfect)

(d) The salesman said, “He had verified all the bills while the goods was being packed.”(Change of reported speech to past perfect)

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Sol 12. (a) The instructor told the trainees to press button A to start the machine.(Correct)

(b) The instructor requested the trainees press button A to start the machine. (Incorrect reported verb)

(c) The instructor told the trainees that pressing button A would start the machine. (“pressing” is incorrect)

(d) The instructor said to the trainees that you should press button A to start the machine. (Incorrect pronoun)

Sol 13. (b)  Anurag says, “I would like to be an electronics engineer when I grow up.” (Correct)

(a) Anurag says, “He likes to be an electronics engineer when he grows up.” (Incorrect structure)

(c) Anurag said, “I will like to be an electronics engineer when I grow up.” (Change of reported speech  to simple present is incorrect)

(d) Anurag says, “I like to be an electronics engineer when I grow up.” (Change of reported speech to simple present is incorrect)

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Sol 14. (d)  Taru said to me, “Avika is having her online cooking class now.” (Correct)

(a) Taru said to me, “Avika was having her online cooking class at this time.”(Incorrect tense) 

(b) Taru said to me, “Avika will be having her online cooking class now.” (Change of reported speech to  future continuous is incorrect)

(c) Taru said to me, “Avika is having her online cooking class at that time.” (“at that time”is incorrect)

Sol 15. (d)  Our Principal says that rules are to be followed at any cost.(Correct)

(a) Our Principal told that rules are to be followed at any cost. (Change of reported verb to simple past is incorrect)

(b) Our Principal said that rules had to be followed at any cost. (Change of reported verb to simple past is incorrect)

(c) Our Principal advised that rules need to be followed at any cost. (Change of reported verb to simple past is incorrect)

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Sol 16. (a) He said, “I regret the mistake I made in my calculations.” (Correct)

(b) He said, “He regrets the mistake he made in my calculations.”  (Change of reported speech to simple present is incorrect)

(c) He said, “I regretted the mistake I made in my calculations.”  (Change of reported speech to simple past is incorrect)

(d) He said, “I am sorry for the mistake I made in his calculations.” (Incorrect pronoun- his)

Sol 17. (d)  I said to Rahul, “Why are you back so soon?”(Correct)

(a) I said to Rahul, “Why he was back so soon?”(Change of  reported speech to simple past is incorrect)

(b) I said to Rahul, “Why you are back so soon?” (Incorrect structure “why you are”)

(c) I asked to Rahul, “Why was he back so soon?” (Change of  reported speech to simple past)

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Sol 18. (b) She asked if anyone was there in the house.(Correct)

(a) She told there is someone in the house. (Change of reported speech to simple present & reported verb also incorrect)

(c) She asked there is anyone in the house. (Change of reported speech to simple present)

(d) She enquired if someone is there in the house. (Change of reported speech to simple present)

Sol 19. (a) Taru said, “I cannot leave the children alone.” (Correct)

(b) Taru said, “She would not leave the children alone.” (Incorrect subject and verb“she would” )

(c) Taru said, “I will not leave the children alone.”  (Change of reported speech to simple future is incorrect )

(d) Taru said, “I could not be leaving the children alone.” (Change of reported speech to past tense is incorrect)

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Sol 20. (a) I requested my friend to help me arrange those books on the shelf. (Correct)

(b) I asked my friend to help me arrange these books on the shelf. (Incorrect these  & reported verb “asked”  )

(c) I ordered my friend to help me arrange those books on the shelf.(Incorrect reported verb “ordered”  )

(d) I told to my friend to please help me arrange those books on the shelf. (“Told to and  please”are incorrect )

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