50 Examples of Direct and Indirect Speech, Example Sentences

50 Examples of Direct and Indirect Speech, Example Sentences

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)

50 Examples of Direct and Indirect Speech

1DirectShe says, “I am ill.”
IndirectShe says that she is ill.
2DirectI will study”, Mary said.
IndirectI will study”, said Mary.
3DirectShe said; “The exam is difficult.
IndirectShe said the test was difficult.
4DirectI bought a car.
IndirectHe said he bought a car.
5DirectMy parents are very well.
IndirectAlex said that his parents were very well.
6DirectPlease don’t be late.
IndirectHe asked their not to be late.
7DirectI’m living in Texas now.
IndirectHer father said that he was living in London now.
8DirectI am living in Paris.
IndirectHe said that he was living in Paris.
9DirectMy mother isn’t very well.
IndirectShe said that her mother wasn’t very well.
10DirectI need help with my work.
IndirectGeorge said “I need help with my homework.”
11DirectI was walking along the Street.
IndirectHe said he had been walking along the Street.
12DirectI haven’t seen George recently.
IndirectShe said that she hadn’t seen George recently.
13DirectI would help, but…
IndirectHe said he would help but…
14DirectI’m waiting for Michael, she said.
IndirectShe said (that) she was waiting for Michael”.
15DirectThey said, “They have taken exercise.”
IndirectThey said that they had taken exercise.
16DirectI can speak perfect Spanish.
IndirectHe said he could speak perfect Spanish.
17DirectI haven’t seen Mary.
IndirectHe said he hadn’t seen Mary.
18DirectWhat is your name? she asked me.
IndirectShe asked me what my name was.
19DirectI was sleeping when Mary called.
IndirectHe said that he had been sleeping when Mary called.
20DirectPlease help me!
IndirectHe asked me to help his.
21DirectIt is too late.
IndirectI said it was too late.
22DirectI had taken Spanish lessons before.
IndirectHe said he had taken Spanish lessons before.
23DirectDid you do your homework?
IndirectHe asked me if I did (had done) my homework.
24DirectPlease help me carry this!
IndirectMy mother asked me to help her carry that.
25DirectI like ice cream.
IndirectHe said that he liked ice cream.
26DirectI’II see you later.
IndirectHe said he would see me later.
27DirectI could swim when I was four.
IndirectHe said he could swim when he was four.
28DirectI should call my mother.
IndirectHe said he should call her mother.
29DirectI might be late.
IndirectHe said he might be late.
30DirectHe said, “I was teaching earlier.”
IndirectHe said he had been teaching earlier.
31DirectMary said, “I have been writing this essay.”
IndirectMary said that he had been writing that essay.
32DirectMichael said, “I may go there.’
IndirectMichael says that she may go there.
33DirectWe can´t go the zoo next week.
IndirectThey said they couldn’t go to the zoo next week.
34DirectGeorge is said, “I write a letter”.
IndirectGeorge is said that she wrote a letter.
35DirectI said, “He is driving a car”
IndirectI said that he was driving a car.
36DirectI am reading a book, he explained.
IndirectHe explained that he was reading a book.
37DirectMy father said, “I am cooking dinner.”
IndirectMy father said he was cooking dinner.
38DirectMy sister said, “I had already eaten.”
IndirectMy sister said she had already eaten.
39DirectMy boyfriend asked, “Do you like horror films?”
IndirectDo you like horror films? my boyfriend asked.
40DirectI never get up late, my mother said.
IndirectMy mother said that she never got up late.
41DirectShe said, “I might come early.”
IndirectShe said she might come early.
42DirectI am leaving home now.”
IndirectHe said that he left home then.
43DirectAre you living here?
IndirectHe asked me if I was living here.
44DirectI’m going to come.
IndirectShe said that she was going to come.
45DirectWe can communicate smoothly.
IndirectThey said that they could communicate smothly.
46DirectI often enjoy myself.
IndirectMary will say that that she often enjoys herself.
47DirectEverything is going fine.
IndirectThe news says that everything is going fine.
48DirectMy father was born in 1962.
IndirectMy father told us that he was born in 1962.
49DirectShe said, “I’ve missed my train.”
IndirectShe said that she’d missed her train.
50DirectI’m sorry for the accident.
IndirectGeorger told Samuel (that) he was sorry for the accident.