Direct & Indirect Speech – 1 – 4

Directions : The sentences have been given in Direct/Indirect form. Out of the four alternatives suggested, select the one which best expresses the same sentence in Indirect/Direct form.

16. I said to him, “Where have you lost the pen I brought for you yesterday?”

(a) I asked him where he had lost the pen I had brought for him the day before.
(b) I asked him where he had lost the pen I had brought for him the previous day.
(c) I asked him where he had lost the pen I had brought for him the next day.
(d) I asked him where he had lost the pen I brought for him the previous day.

ANSWER

EXPLANATION

17. The boss said, “It’s time we began planning our work”.

(a) The boss said that it was time they had begun planning their work.
(b) The boss said that it was time we had begun planning our work.
(c) The boss said that it was time they began planning their work.
(d) The boss said that it was time we began planning his work.

ANSWER

EXPLANATION

18. “How clever of you to have solved the puzzle so quickly,” said the mother.

(a) The mother exclaimed admiringly that it was very clever of him to have solved the puzzle so quickly.
(b) The mother expressed that he was so clever to have solved the puzzle quickly.
(c) The mother told that he was very clever in solving the puzzle so quickly.
(d) The mother exclaimed with joy that he was clever enough to solve the puzzle so quickly.

ANSWER

EXPLANATION

19. Socrates said, “Virtue is its own reward.”

(a) Socrates said that virtue had its own rewards.
(b) Socrates says that virtue is its own reward.
(c) Socrates said that virtue is its own reward.
(d) Socrates said that virtue was its own reward.

ANSWER

EXPLANATION

20. Gita said, “This is my book”.

(a) Gita said that this is her book.
(b) Gita told that this was her book.
(c) Gita said that it was her book.
(d) Gita said that this was her book.

ANSWER

EXPLANATION

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