English Grammar Direct Indirect Speech Direct to Indirect (Exclamatory Sentence)

Direct to Indirect (Exclamatory Sentence)

Exclamatory sentences express state of joy, sorrow or wonder.

To convert an exclamatory sentence to indirect speech, specific words (exclaimed with joy, exclaimed with sorrow, exclaimed with wonder) are added to the sentence.

For example,

Ravi said, “Alas! We lost the game” (Direct speech)

Ravi exclaimed with sorrow that they had lost the game. (Indirect speech)


Danish surprisingly said, “How brilliant Isha is!” (Direct speech)

Danish exclaimed with wonder that how brilliant Isha was. (Indirect speech)

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