English Grammar Direct Indirect Speech Rules for converting Direct to Indirect Speech

Rules for converting Direct to Indirect Speech

Let us consider the following sentence

Radha said, “There is a beautiful eco-tourism park in Kolkata”.

This is an example of direct speech. Now the sentence when written in indirect speech will be as follows:

Radha told that there was a beautiful eco-tourism park in Kolkata.

Let us now look upon the rules we need to keep in mind while converting a sentence in direct speech to a sentence in indirect speech.

The Rules for converting Direct to Indirect Speech are as follows:

  • Remove the inverted commas or quotation marks from the words spoken by the speaker in an indirect speech.

Eg.  Radha said, “There is a beautiful eco-tourism park in Kolkata”. (Direct Speech)

Radha told that there was a beautiful eco-tourism park in Kolkata. (Indirect Speech)

  • Use the conjunction “that” between the reporting verb and reporting speech in an indirect speech.

Eg.  Radha said, “There is a beautiful eco-tourism park in Kolkata”. (Direct Speech)

Radha told that there was a beautiful eco-tourism park in Kolkata. (Indirect Speech)

  • Changing the tense of the reported speech.
  • Changing the Pronoun of reported speech.
  • Changing the time.

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