40 Examples of Direct and Indirect Speech Sentences

40 Examples of Direct and Indirect Speech Sentences

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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)

1DirectIt is too late.
IndirectI said it was too late.
2DirectI had taken Spanish lessons before.
IndirectHe said he had taken Spanish lessons before.
3DirectDid you do your homework?
IndirectHe asked me if I did (had done) my homework.
4DirectPlease help me carry this!
IndirectMy mother asked me to help her carry that.
5DirectI like ice cream.
IndirectHe said that he liked ice cream.
6DirectI’II see you later.
IndirectHe said he would see me later.
7DirectI could swim when I was four.
IndirectHe said he could swim when he was four.
8DirectI should call my mother.
IndirectHe said he should call her mother.
9DirectI might be late.
IndirectHe said he might be late.
10DirectHe said, “I was teaching earlier.”
IndirectHe said he had been teaching earlier.
11DirectMary said, “I have been writing this essay.”
IndirectMary said that he had been writing that essay.
12DirectMichael said, “I may go there.’
IndirectMichael says that she may go there.
13DirectWe can´t go the zoo next week.
IndirectThey said they couldn’t go to the zoo next week.
14DirectGeorge is said, “I write a letter”.
IndirectGeorge is said that she wrote a letter.
15DirectI said, “He is driving a car”
IndirectI said that he was driving a car.
16DirectI am reading a book, he explained.
IndirectHe explained that he was reading a book.
17DirectMy father said, “I am cooking dinner.”
IndirectMy father said he was cooking dinner.
18DirectMy sister said, “I had already eaten.”
IndirectMy sister said she had already eaten.
19DirectMy boyfriend asked, “Do you like horror films?”
IndirectDo you like horror films? my boyfriend asked.
20DirectI never get up late, my mother said.
IndirectMy mother said that she never got up late.
21DirectShe said, “I might come early.”
IndirectShe said she might come early.
22DirectI am leaving home now.”
IndirectHe said that he left home then.
23DirectAre you living here?
IndirectHe asked me if I was living here.
24DirectI’m going to come.
IndirectShe said that she was going to come.
25DirectWe can communicate smoothly.
IndirectThey said that they could communicate smothly.
26DirectI often enjoy myself.
IndirectMary will say that that she often enjoys herself.
27DirectEverything is going fine.
IndirectThe news says that everything is going fine.
28DirectMy father was born in 1962.
IndirectMy father told us that he was born in 1962.
29DirectShe said, “I’ve missed my train.”
IndirectShe said that she’d missed her train.
30DirectI’m sorry for the accident.
IndirectGeorger told Samuel (that) he was sorry for the accident.
31DirectHe said, “I am a football player.”
IndirectHe said that he was a football player.
32DirectMichael said, “I will buy a new car.”
IndirectMichael said that she will buy a new car.
33DirectMark said, “Bill needs a pencil.”
IndirectMark said that Bill needed a pencil.
34DirectShe said, “I went to the shopping center.”
IndirectShe said that she had gone to the shopping center.
35DirectI write poems.
IndirectHe says that he writes poems.
36DirectShe said: “I would buy new house if I were rich”.
IndirectShe said that she would buy new house if she had been rich”.
37DirectMay I go out?
IndirectShe wanted to know if she might go out.
38DirectShe is American, she said.
IndirectShe said she was American.
39DirectMy son, do the exercise.“
IndirectSh told her son to do the exercise.
40DirectI don’t know what to do.
IndirectSamuel added that he didn’t know what to do.