INTRODUCTION

Indirect Speech is used when we report ideas that others have said.   Indirect Speech is also known as Reported Speech.

USE

Reported Speech in English is used to report the exact meaning of what someone said , but not in the exact words. Personal pronouns, possessive adjectives and possesive pronouns change according to the meaning of the sentence.

REPORTING VERBS

There are several reporting verbs, but these are the most used in Reported Speech:

1.- SAY: It is used with or without a personal object (me, you, him, her, us, them). When it is used with a personal object it is always followed by the preposition to“.

EXAMPLES:

I said (that)

I said to him (that)

 

2.- TELL: It is always followed by a personal object (me, you, him, her, us, them).

EXAMPLES:

Luis told me (that)

The Doctor told her (that)

3.- ASK: It is used in reported questions and requests.

EXAMPLES:

He asked me where I was going.

She asked us to hurry up.

ACTIVITY No. 1

Look at this comparative chart and discover the general rule for Reported Speech. Send an e-mail telling the teacher what the rule consists in.

  

PRESENT ——— PAST

PRESENT CONTINUOUS ————PAST CONTINUOUS

PAST SIMPLE ——– PAST PERFECT , ETC…..

ACTIVITY No. 2.

Report these ideas. Send your answers by e- mail.

1.- I can speak Italia (George)

2.- I need to go to the supermarket later today (My mother)

3.- I saw that film last week (A friend)

4.- I´m not working tomorrow (my father)

5.- You are looking very nice (My sister)

ANSWERS ACTIVITY No. 2

1.- GEORGE SAID THAT HE COULD SPEAK ITALIAN.

2.- MY MOTHER SAID THAT SHE NEEDED TO GO TO THE SUPERMARKET LATER THAT DAY.

3.-A FRIEND SAID THAT HE HAD SEEN THAT FILM THE PREVIOUS DAY.

4.- MY FATHER SAID THAT HE WASN´T WORKING THE NEXT DAY

5.- MY SISTER SAID THAT I WAS LOOKING VERY NICE..

ACTIVITY No. 3

Download these activities; The first is a computer game, and the second is a photocopy. Send your answers by e-mail.

DOWNLOAD ACTIVITY NO. 3 HERE

ANSWERS ACTIVITY No. 3

PHOTOCOPY PART 1

1.- I COULD DO MAGIC.

2.- I WOULD NEVER BE ABLE TO READ AND WRITE.

3.- I WAS GOING TO BE A DOCTOR.

 

PHOTOCOPY PART 2

1.- WHEN I WAS 10 I PROMISED THAT I WAS NEVER GOING TO START SMOKING

2.- WHEN I WAS 16 I SAID. OK I WOULD TRY IT JUST ONCE.

3.- WHEN I WAS 17 I INSISTED THAT I ONLY SMOKED AT WEEKENDS.

4.- WHEN I WAS 18 I BOASTED THAT I COULD GIVE UP ANY TIME I LIKED.

5.- WHEN I WAS 21 I DECLARED I HAD GIVEN UP!

6.- WHEN I WAS 25 I ADMITTED THAT I COULDN´T GIVE UP.

7.- AND THAT IT HAD BEEN A BAD IDEA TO START IN THE FIRST PLACE.

START DATE:

ADMINISTRATION AND NUTRITION

JANUARY 10TH 13:00 HRS.

VETERINARY

JANUARY 11TH 12:00 HRS.

 

LIMIT DATE:

ADMINISTRATION AND NUTRITION

JANUARY 11TH 13:00 HRS.

VETERINARY

JANUARY 12TH 12:00 HRS.

 ANSWER ACTIVITY No. 1

 THE GENERAL RULE FOR REPORTED SPEECH IS “WHEN REPORTING AN IDEA YOU MUST GO A TENSE BACK