Indirect to direct speech
The exact words that someone says are called direct speech. Quotation marks “ ” are used to set off direct speech.
To report what someone says without using their exact words, use a verb like say, ask or tell, followed by that. This is called indirect speech.
Here are exercises on Changing Indirect to Direct speech
Put the following into direct speech, using dialogue form:
Tom: Would you like to come for a drive tomorrow, Ann?
Ann: I’d love to etc.
Trip to Stratford
1 Tom invited Ann to come for a drive the following day.
2 Ann accepted with pleasure and asked where he was thinking of going.
3 He said he’d leave it to her.
4 She suggested Stratford . . .
5 adding that she hadn’t been there for ages.
6 Tom agreed and said that they might go on the river if it was a fine day.
7 Ann wondered what was on at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre.
8 Tom said they’d find out when they got there …
9 adding that it was usually possible to get seats on the day of the play.
10 He asked Ann if she could be ready by ten.
11 Ann said with regret that she couldn’t as she had to type a report first.
12 Tom expressed horror at the idea of working on Saturday . . .
13 and advised her to change her job.
14 She told him not to be ridiculous and explained that . . .
15 she had volunteered to type the report in return for a free afternoon the following week.
16 She pointed out that she hadn’t known that he was going to ask her out.
17 Tom said he supposed it was all right but . . .
18 warned her not to make a habit of volunteering for weekend work.
19 Ann promised not to.
20 Tom said gloomily that he supposed she’d be busy all morning.
21 Ann assured him that she’d be finished by 11.00 and . . .
22 offered to meet him at the bus stop at Hyde Park Corner.
23 Tom said that it wasn’t a very good meeting place and that he’d call for her.
24 Ann said that that was very kind of him and that she’d be waiting in the hall.
25 Tom suggested climbing to the top, adding that the view from there was marvellous …
26 but Ann said that they’d been climbing for three hours and that she was too tired to go any further.
27 She suggested that Tom should go on up while she went down and waited there.
28 Tom agreed and handed her the car keys, advising her to wait in the car.
29 He promised to be as quick as he could.
30 Ann said that if he was too long there’d be no lunch left, for she’d have eaten it all.