Indirect speech: suggestions
Here are exercises on Indirect speech: suggestions
Write the following in indirect speech, in ordinary narrative form.
Ann suggested having a party on the next Saturday. Mary agreed and asked who they should invite.
Report ‘Why don’t we … ?’ as a suggestion and ‘Why don’t you . . .?’ as suggestion or advice. Report ‘Why not?’ in no. 9 as agreed.
1 Ann: What about having a party on Saturday?
2 Mary: Yes, let’s. Who shall we invite?
3 Ann: Let’s not make a list. Let’s just invite everybody.
4 Mary: We don’t want to do too much cooking, so what about making it a wine and cheese party?
5 Ann: Suppose we ask everybody to bring a bottle?
6 Mary: Shall we hire glasses from our local wine shop? We haven’t many left.
7 Ann: If it’s warm, how about having the party in the garden?
8 Mary: Why not have a barbecue?
9 Ann: Why not? We could ask Paul to do the cooking.
10 Mary: Last time we had a barbecue the neighbours complained about the noise. Shall we ask everyone to speak in whispers?
11 Ann: Suppose we go round to the neighbours and apologize in advance this time?
12 Mary: Why not invite the neighbours? Then the noise won’t matter.
13 Ann: What a clever idea! Shall we start ringing everyone up tonight?
14 Mary: What about working out how much it will cost first?
Put the following into indirect speech.
15 ‘What about a round-the-world cruise?’ suggested Mrs Smith.
‘What about renting a caravan? It’s all we can afford,’ said her husband.
16 ‘Suppose you complain, Ann?’ I said. ‘The boss is more likely to listen to you than to any of us.’
17 ‘You used to be a good tennis player,’ she reminded him. ‘Why don’t you take it up again?’
18 ‘Shall we talk there? It’s not far,’ he said. ‘Yes, let’s,’ I said.
19 ‘What about joining a weaving class?’ Ann said to me. ‘There’s one starting soon.’
20 ‘Let’s organize a sponsored cycle race,’ said the children.
‘What about a sponsored silence?’ said the teacher with a grin.
21 ‘Where shall we meet?’ I said. ‘What about the hotel?’ said Bill.
22 ‘Suppose you ring him, Ann, and ask him what he thinks of the idea?’ I said.
23 I’m doing most of the work,’ I pointed out. ‘What about giving me a hand?’
24 ‘Let’s leave the washing-up till tomorrow,’ he suggested. I hate washing up last thing at night.’
25 ‘Suppose the children go on an adventure holiday this summer?’ suggested the father.
26 ‘Why don’t you ask them what they’d like to do?’ I said.
27 ‘Shall we begin training for the next London Marathon?’ said Bill.
‘I’ve no intention of running in marathons,’ I said. ‘Why don’t you ask Paul?’
28 ‘Why don’t you put an advertisement in the local paper?’ they suggested to me.