Rules For Direct And Indirect Speech For Competitive Exams

Direct and indirect speech are important topics in competitive exams, as they test your understanding of how to report what someone else has said. Here are some rules to keep in mind when dealing with direct and indirect speech in competitive exams:

  1. Tense Changes: When converting from direct to indirect speech, the tense may need to be changed depending on the context. For example, if the original sentence is in the present tense, the verb may need to be changed to the past tense.
  2. Pronoun Changes: When converting from direct to indirect speech, pronouns may need to be changed depending on the context. For example, if the original sentence includes the pronoun “I”, this may need to be changed to “he” or “she” in indirect speech.
  3. Reporting Verbs: Use appropriate reporting verbs such as “said”, “asked”, “inquired”, “explained”, “told”, “remarked” etc., based on the situation and tone of the sentence.
  4. Punctuation: Pay attention to the punctuation marks such as commas, question marks, exclamation marks etc., when converting direct speech into indirect speech.
  5. Time and Place changes: When converting direct speech into indirect speech, sometimes there may be a need to change the time and place references as well.
  6. Modals and Auxiliary verbs: The modals and auxiliary verbs such as “can”, “will”, “shall”, “should”, “must” etc., should be changed accordingly.
  7. Quotes: Use quotation marks when converting a sentence from direct to indirect speech.

Remember to carefully read and understand the context of the sentence before attempting to convert it from direct to indirect speech. Practice as much as possible to improve your understanding and application of these rules.

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