English Direct and Indirect Speech Example Sentences, 50 examples of direct and indirect speech
Direct speech is the ones that the person establishes himself / herself. Usually used in writing language such as novels, stories etc.
Transferring the sentence that someone else says is called indirect speech. It is also called reported speech. Usually, it is used in spoken language. If the transmitted action is done in the past, the sentence becomes the past tense.
Here are 50 examples of direct and indirect speech
1. Direct: Today is nice, said George.
Indirect: George said that day was nice.
2. Direct: He asked her, “How often do you work?”
Indirect: He asked her how often she worked.
3. Direct: He works in a bank.
Indirect: She said that he worked in a bank.
4. Direct I’m angry with you.
Indirect: My mother said she was angry with me.
5. Direct: I can help you tomorrow.
Indirect: She said that she could help me tomorrow.
6. Direct: I often have a big meat.
Indirect: My son says that he often has a big hamburger.
7. Direct: Dance with me!
Indirect: Maria told me to dance with her.
8. Direct: Must I do the city?
Indirect: My sister asked if she had to do the city.
9. Direct: Please wash your hands!
Indirect: My father told me to wash my hands.
10. Direct: She said, “I went to the shopping center.”
Indirect: She said that she had gone to the shopping center.
11. Direct: I write poems.
Indirect: He says that he writes poems.
12. Direct: She said: “I would buy new house if I were rich”.
Indirect: She said that she would buy new house if she had been rich”.
13. Direct: May I go out?
Indirect: She wanted to know if she might go out.
14. Direct: She is American, she said.
Indirect: She said she was American.
15. Direct: My son, do the exercise.“
Indirect: Sh told her son to do the exercise.
16. Direct: I don’t know what to do.
Indirect: Samuel added that he didn’t know what to do.
17. Direct: I am reading a book, he explained.
Indirect: He explained that he was reading a book.
18. Direct: My father said, “I am cooking dinner.”
Indirect: My father said he was cooking dinner.
19. Direct: My sister said, “I had already eaten.”
Indirect: My sister said she had already eaten.
20. Direct: My boyfriend asked, “Do you like horror films?”
Indirect: Do you like horror films? my boyfriend asked.
21. Direct: I never get up late, my mother said.
Indirect: My mother said that she never got up late.
22. Direct: She said, “I might come early.”
Indirect: She said she might come early.
23. Direct: I am leaving home now.”
Indirect: He said that he left home then.
24. Direct: Are you living here?
Indirect: He asked me if I was living here.
25. Direct: I’m going to come.
Indirect: She said that she was going to come.
26. Direct: We can communicate smoothly.
Indirect: They said that they could communicate smothly.
27. Direct: My mother isn’t very well.
Indirect: She said that her mother wasn’t very well.
28. Direct: I need help with my work.
Indirect: George said “I need help with my homework.”
29. Direct: I was walking along the Street.
Indirect: He said he had been walking along the Street.
30. Direct: I haven’t seen George recently.
Indirect: She said that she hadn’t seen George recently.
31. Direct: I would help, but…
Indirect: He said he would help but…
32. Direct: I’m waiting for Michael, she said.
Indirect: She said (that) she was waiting for Michael”.
33. Direct: They said, “They have taken exercise.”
Indirect: They said that they had taken exercise.
34. Direct: I can speak perfect Spanish.
Indirect: He said he could speak perfect Spanish.
35. Direct: I haven’t seen Mary.
Indirect: He said he hadn’t seen Mary.
36. Direct: What is your name? she asked me.
Indirect: She asked me what my name was.
37. Direct: I was sleeping when Mary called.
Indirect: He said that he had been sleeping when Mary called.
38. Direct: Please help me!
Indirect: He asked me to help his.
39. Direct: “I’ve found a new job,” my mother said.
Indirect: My mother said that she had found a new job.
40. Direct: Go to bed! mother said to the children.
Indirect: Mother told the children to go to bed.
41. Direct: Mark arrived on Sunday, he said.
Indirect: He said that Mark had arrived on Sunday.
42. Direct: I have been to France, she told me.
Indirect: She told me that she had been to France.
43. Direct: Michael said, “I have finished my lunch.”
Indirect: She said that she had finished his lunch.
44. Direct: My brother said, “I met Alex yesterday.’
Indirect: My brother said that he had met Alex yesterday.
45. Direct: The dentist said, “Your father doesn’t need an operation.”
Indirect: Dentist said that my father doesn’t need an operation.
46. Direct: He said, “Man is mortal.”
Indirect: He said that man is mortal.
47. Direct: Sansa said “I am very busy now”.
Indirect: Sansa said that she was very busy then.
48. Direct: He said, “I am a football player.”
Indirect: He said that he was a football player.
49. Direct: Michael said, “I will buy a new car.”
Indirect: : Michael said that she will buy a new car.
50. Direct: Mark said, “Bill needs a pencil.”
Indirect: : Mark said that Bill needed a pencil.