100 examples of direct and indirect speech

100 examples of direct and indirect speech

Direct And Indirect Speech Examples

While using English, we use direct and indirect speeches quite often. If a sentence is expressed exactly as it came out of the mouth of the person who said it, it becomes a direct speech. However Indirect Speech (also called reported speech) refers to transmitting a sentence that someone has said. It is often used in daily language.

For example,

  • Susan told me she ate pizza yesterday. (Indirect Speech)

Susan said, “I ate pizza yesterday.”. (Direct Speech)

  • Mathilda told me she had to go out. (Indirect Speech)

Mathilda said: “I have to go out.”. (Direct Speech)

  • Julie asked if the train had left when she arrived at the ticket office. (Indirect Speech)

Julie asked: “Did the train leave?” (Direct Speech)

100 Examples of Direct and Indirect Speech

DirectShe says, “I am ill.”
IndirectShe says that she is ill.
DirectI will study”, Mary said.
IndirectI will study”, said Mary.
DirectShe said; “The exam is difficult.
IndirectShe said the test was difficult.
DirectI bought a car.
IndirectHe said he bought a car.
DirectMy parents are very well.
IndirectAlex said that his parents were very well.
DirectPlease don’t be late.
IndirectHe asked their not to be late.
DirectI’m living in Texas now.
IndirectHer father said that he was living in London now.
DirectI am living in Paris.
IndirectHe said that he was living in Paris.
DirectMy mother isn’t very well.
IndirectShe said that her mother wasn’t very well.
DirectI need help with my work.
IndirectGeorge said “I need help with my homework.”


DirectI was walking along the Street.
IndirectHe said he had been walking along the Street.
DirectI haven’t seen George recently.
IndirectShe said that she hadn’t seen George recently.
DirectI would help, but…
IndirectHe said he would help but…
DirectI’m waiting for Michael, she said.
IndirectShe said (that) she was waiting for Michael”.
DirectThey said, “They have taken exercise.”
IndirectThey said that they had taken exercise.
DirectI can speak perfect Spanish.
IndirectHe said he could speak perfect Spanish.
DirectI haven’t seen Mary.
IndirectHe said he hadn’t seen Mary.
DirectWhat is your name? she asked me.
IndirectShe asked me what my name was.
DirectI was sleeping when Mary called.
IndirectHe said that he had been sleeping when Mary called.
DirectPlease help me!
IndirectHe asked me to help his.


DirectIt is too late.
IndirectI said it was too late.
DirectI had taken Spanish lessons before.
IndirectHe said he had taken Spanish lessons before.
DirectDid you do your homework?
IndirectHe asked me if I did (had done) my homework.
DirectPlease help me carry this!
IndirectMy mother asked me to help her carry that.
DirectI like ice cream.
IndirectHe said that he liked ice cream.
DirectI’II see you later.
IndirectHe said he would see me later.
DirectI could swim when I was four.
IndirectHe said he could swim when he was four.
DirectI should call my mother.
IndirectHe said he should call her mother.
DirectI might be late.
IndirectHe said he might be late.
DirectHe said, “I was teaching earlier.”
IndirectHe said he had been teaching earlier.


DirectMary said, “I have been writing this essay.”
IndirectMary said that he had been writing that essay.
DirectMichael said, “I may go there.’
IndirectMichael says that she may go there.
DirectWe can´t go the zoo next week.
IndirectThey said they couldn’t go to the zoo next week.
DirectGeorge is said, “I write a letter”.
IndirectGeorge is said that she wrote a letter.
DirectI said, “He is driving a car”
IndirectI said that he was driving a car.
DirectI am reading a book, he explained.
IndirectHe explained that he was reading a book.
DirectMy father said, “I am cooking dinner.”
IndirectMy father said he was cooking dinner.
DirectMy sister said, “I had already eaten.”
IndirectMy sister said she had already eaten.
DirectMy boyfriend asked, “Do you like horror films?”
IndirectDo you like horror films? my boyfriend asked.
DirectI never get up late, my mother said.
IndirectMy mother said that she never got up late.


DirectShe said, “I might come early.”
IndirectShe said she might come early.
DirectI am leaving home now.”
IndirectHe said that he left home then.
DirectAre you living here?
IndirectHe asked me if I was living here.
DirectI’m going to come.
IndirectShe said that she was going to come.
DirectWe can communicate smoothly.
IndirectThey said that they could communicate smothly.
DirectI often enjoy myself.
IndirectMary will say that that she often enjoys herself.
DirectEverything is going fine.
IndirectThe news says that everything is going fine.
DirectMy father was born in 1962.
IndirectMy father told us that he was born in 1962.
DirectShe said, “I’ve missed my train.”
IndirectShe said that she’d missed her train.
DirectI’m sorry for the accident.
IndirectGeorger told Samuel (that) he was sorry for the accident.