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Improve Your English : ( Narration Direct / Indirect speech)

Narration Direct / Indirect speech

Attempt the following 30 sentences on Narration and check your score.Follow the elimination method while attempting.

Q1 She said to me, ”It has been raining heavily and you cannot go.”

A) She told me that it had been raining heavily and I could not go.

B) She told me that it was raining heavily and I could not go.

C) She told me that it has been raining heavily and I could not go.

D) She told me that it is raining heavily and I could not go.

Q2 John said to me, ”Where have you been last night?”

A) John asked me where had I been the previous night.

B) John asked me where have I been the previous night.

C) John asked me where I am the previous night.

D) John asked me where I had been the previous night.

Q3 ‘’I am taking my children to the zoo tomorrow ,’’she said “to see the baby white tiger.”

A) She said that she will take the children to the zoo to see the baby white tiger tomorrow.

B) She said that she would take the children to the zoo the next day to see the baby white tiger.

C) She said that she was taking her children to the zoo the next day to see the baby white tiger.

D) She said that she was taking the children to the zoo that day to see the baby white tiger.

Q4 She said, ”Mother , please cook me something nice today.”

A) She told her mother to cook her something nice today.

B) She ordered her mother to cook her something nice that day.

C) She requested her mother to cook her something nice that day.

D) She asked her mother if she could cook her something nice that day.

Q5 John said ,”I shall be 21 tomorrow.”

A) John said that he would be 21 tomorrow.

B) John said that he would be 21 the following day.

C) John said that he should be 21 the following day.

D) John said that I shall be 21 tomorrow.

Q6 She asked ,”Is the secretary coming to the meeting?”

A) She asked that the secretary was coming to the meeting.

B) She asked that if the secretary was coming to the meeting.

C) She asked if the secretary is coming to the meeting.

D) She asked if the secretary was coming to the meeting.

Q7 The convict said ,”Let me speak freely please.”

A) The convict suggested that he must be allowed to speak freely.

B) The convict requested that he must be allowed to speak freely.

C) The convict requested that he be allowed to speak freely.

D) The convict proposed that he might be allowed to speak freely.

Direct / Indirect speech
Q8 Nisha told Monica, ”What a beautiful dress you are wearing?”

A) Nisha exclaimed that Monica was wearing a very beautiful dress.

B) Nisha exclaimed that it is a very beautiful dress.

C) Nisha exclaimed that Monica is wearing a very beautiful dress.

D) Nisha told Monica that was a beautiful dress.

Q9 “Call the witness ,”said the magistrate.

A) The magistrate requested to call the witness.

B) The magistrate begged for calling the witness.

C) The magistrate ordered to call the witness.

D) The magistrate prayed to call the witness.

Q10 “Have you done this sort of work before?”said his new employer.

A) His new employer asked him whether he has done that sort of work before.

B) His new employer asked him whether he has done this sort of work before.

C) His new employer asked him whether he had done that sort of work before.

D) His new employer asked him whether he had done this sort of work before.

Q11 Rahul says that Azhar loves cricket.

A) Rahul said ,”Azhar loves cricket.”

B) Rahul said ,”Azhar loved cricket.”

C) Rahul says ,”Azhar loved cricket.”

D) Rahul says ,”Azhar loves cricket.”

Q12 “I came home last night,’’said he.

A) He told that he had come home last night.

B) He said that he came home last night.

C) He said that he had come home the previous night.

D) He says that he came home the previous night.

Q13 The beggar said,”Poverty is a great curse.”

A) The beggar said poverty has a great curse.

B) The beggar said that poverty is a great curse.

C) The beggar said that poverty as a great curse.

D) The beggar said that poverty had been a great curse.

Q14 “If you want to smoke you will have to go out,’’ said the conductor.

A) The conductor ordered me to go out and smoke.

B) The conductor said that if I/he wanted to smoke I/he would have to go out.

C) The conductor said told me that smoking is not permitted in the bus.

D) The conductor told me that I will have to go out and smoke.

Q15 “Be careful ,the steps are very slippery ,”I warned him.

A) I warned him to be careful as the steps were very slippery.

B) I warned him to be careful as the steps are very slippery.

C) I warned him to be careful and steps were very slippery.

D) I told him to be careful and the steps are very slippery.

Q16 The old lady declared that she was going to walk where she pleased .They had the liberty.

A) The old lady said that,’’I am going to walk where I pleased. They have the liberty.”

B) The old lady said ,’’I am going to walk where I please. We have the liberty.”

C) The old lady:’’I am going to walk where I pleased .They have the liberty.”

D) The old lady: ’’I am going to walk where I pleased .They had the liberty.”

Q17 The teacher asked me why I had been absent the day before.

A) The teacher asked me ,”Why were you absent yesterday?”

B) The teacher asked me ,”Why are you absent yesterday?”

C) The teacher asked me ,”Why are you absent the day before?”

D) The teacher asked me ,”Were you absent the day before?”

Q18 Mr Robinson asked his son what he wanted to be when he grew up.

A) “My son ,’’said Mr Robinson ,”What will you be when you grow up?”

B) “My son ,’’said Mr Robinson ,”What do you want to be when you grow up?”

C) Mr Robinson said ,”My son,what did you want to be when you grew up.”

D) Mr Robinson said ,”My son ,what would you be when you grow up.”

Q19 The boys respectfully wished their teacher good morning.

A) “Good morning,’’ said the boys to their teacher.

B) “Good morning,’’ said the boys to the teacher.

C) “Good morning , Madam’’ said the boys to the teacher.

D) “Good morning , Madam’’ said the boys to their teacher.

Q20 She said ,”I am sorry ,I will  not be able to submit those papers.”

A) She said she was sorry ,she is not able to submit those papers.

B) She said that she was sorry and she would not be able to submit those papers.

C) She apologized for not being able to submit those papers.

D) She exclaimed with sorrow that she as sorry and she will not be able to submit those papers.

Q21 The girl wondered where the sparrows had gone.

A) The girl said ,”Oh ! Where the sparrows have gone?”

B) The girl said ,”Oh! Where are the sparrows?”

C) The girl said,”Oh! Where had the sparrows gone?”

D) The girl said,”Oh! Where have the sparrows gone?”

Q22 She said to me,’’I am going shopping. Can I get you something?”

A) She said she was going shopping and said to me if I wanted something.

B) She said she was going shopping and asked if I wanted something.

C) She said she was going shopping and asked if she could get me something.

D) She said she is going shopping and asked if she could get me something.

Q23 Ramesh informed his friend that he could make use of his car while he was away.

A) Ramesh said to his friend ,”You will make use of my car while I was away.”

B) Ramesh said to his friend ,”Use my car while I go away.”

C) Ramesh said to his friend ,”You can make use of my car while I am away.”

D) Ramesh asked his friend ,”Will you make use of my car while I am away.”

Q24 Kala said to Radha, “Who were you speaking to over the phone?”

A) Kala asked Radha who she had been speaking to over the phone.

B) Kala asked Radha who she has been speaking to over the phone.

C) Kala asked Radha that who she was speaking to over the phone.

D) Kala asked Radha that who she had been speaking to over the phone.

Q25 The king said to his men,”Do not be afraid of the enemy. Face them bravely.’’

A) The king ordered his men to not be afraid of the enemy and that they had to be faced bravely.

B) The king asked his men to not be afraid of the enemy but they should be faced bravely.

C) The king advised his men not to be afraid of the enemy but to face them bravely.

D) The king told his men not to be afraid of the enemy and they had faced them bravely.

Q26 Kanan said to Subha ,”I ‘ll return the book after I have read it.”

A) Kanan told Subha that he will return the book after he has read it.

B) Kanan told Subha that he would return the book after he has read it.

C) Kanan told Subha that he will return the book after he read it.

D) Kanan told Subha that he would return the book after he had read it.

Q27 The boss said to his secretary ,”Did you discuss the matter with the manager?”

A) The boss asked his secretary whether he discussed that matter with the manager.

B) The boss asked his secretary if you have discussed that matter with the manager.

C) The boss asked his secretary if he had discussed that matter with the manager.

D) The boss asked his secretary whether he has discussed that matter with the manager.

Q28 Socrates said,”Virtue is its own reward.”

A) Socrates said that virtue had its own rewards.

B) Socrates says that virtue is its own reward.

C) Socrates said that virtue is its own reward.

D) Socrates said that virtue as its own reward.

Q29 Gopan said to me,”Can you do these sums for me?”

A) Gopan asked me if I could do those sums for him.

B) Gopan asked me if I can do those sums for him.

C) Gopan asked me if I can do those sums for he.

D) Gopan asked if I could do these sums for him.

Q30 He said,”We have done our work.”

A) He said that he had done his work.

B) He said that they have done their work.

C) He said that they had done their work.

D) He said that they should do their work.

Direct / Indirect speech
 

Answers

Answers
1 a
2 d
3 c
4 c
5 b
6 d
7 c
8 a
9 c
10 c
11 d
12 c
13 b
14 b
15 a
16 a
17 a
18 b
19 a
20 b
21 d
22 c
23 c
24 a
25 c
26 d
27 c
28 c
29 a
30 c

 

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