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Time Expressions and Place

The words indicating time or place are changed in the following ways in indirect speech:

Direct Speech

Indirect Speech










that day


the previous day, the day before


the next day, the following day


that night

next week

the following week





(i) Direct : John said, “David will do this work”.
Indirect : John said that David would do that work. 

(ii) Direct : He said, “These are my pens.”
Indirect : He said that those were his pens.

(iii) Direct : The teacher said, “Naveen, do this work now.”
 Indirect : 
The teacher told Naveen to do that work then.

(iv) Direct : He said, “I met her two days ago.”
Indirect : He said that he had met her two days before. 

(v) Direct : Sahib said, “My uncle will arrive here today.”
Indirect : Sahib said that his uncle would arrive there that day. 

(vi) Direct : Priya said, “My teacher did not come yesterday.”
Indirect : Priya said that her teacher had not come the previous day.

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1. What are some common time expressions used in narration?
Ans. Some common time expressions used in narration include "once upon a time," "in the past," "years ago," "in the present," and "in the future."
2. How do time expressions help in storytelling?
Ans. Time expressions help in storytelling by providing a clear timeline and sequence of events. They help the reader or listener understand when the story is taking place and how events unfold over time.
3. Can you give examples of time expressions used in the article?
Ans. In the article, time expressions such as "last week," "tomorrow," and "next month" are used to indicate specific points in time. These expressions help create a sense of time progression within the narration.
4. Why is it important to use time expressions in writing?
Ans. Using time expressions in writing is important because it helps readers understand the chronological order of events. It adds clarity and structure to the narrative, making it easier for the audience to follow along.
5. Are time expressions used only in storytelling?
Ans. No, time expressions are not used only in storytelling. They are also commonly used in various forms of writing, such as essays, articles, and reports, to provide a timeline or context for the discussed topic. Time expressions are essential for effective communication and conveying information accurately.
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