Direct & Indirect Speech – 1 – 5

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.

21. “I don`t know the way. Do you?” He asked me.

(a) He said that he didn`t know the way and I knew it.
(b) He told me that he didn`t know the way and asked me whether I did.
(c) He said to me that I should find the way for him.
(d) He asked me to show the way as he didn`t know it.

ANSWER

EXPLANATION

22. “You can phone from my office,” he said.

(a) He said that he could phone from my office.
(b) He said you could phone from his office.
(c) He said that I can phone from your office.
(d) He said I can phone from my office.

ANSWER

EXPLANATION

23. “How cruel the boss is!” said the clerk.

(a) The clerk said that the boss was very cruel.
(b) The clerk said that the boss is very cruel.
(c) The clerk exclaimed that the boss was very cruel.
(d) The clerk exclaimed that the boss is very cruel.

ANSWER

EXPLANATION

24. The officer said to the man, “You must show me the papers tomorrow.”

(a) The officer demanded that the man show him the papers the next day.
(b) The officer wanted to see the papers tomorrow.
(c) The officer told the man he had seen the papers yesterday.
(d) The officer ordered the man to show the papers.

ANSWER

EXPLANATION

25. The Colonel said to the soldier, “Next month’ you will be promoted.”

(a) The Colonel commanded the soldier that he must be promoted.
(b) The Colonel told the soldier he would be promoted the following month.
(c) The Colonel promised the soldier that he would promote him next month.
(d) The Colonel said the soldier will be promoted the following month.

ANSWER

EXPLANATION

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