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To change from Indirect to Direct Speech, keep the rules of the Direct Speech are applied in the reverse order. Use the reporting verb, "say" or "said to" in its correct tense. Remove the conjuctions "that, to, if or whether etc".

Examples.

Change of Speech - Rules and Examples, Verbal Ability | Verbal Ability (VA) & Reading Comprehension (RC) - CAT

Change of Speech - Rules and Examples, Verbal Ability | Verbal Ability (VA) & Reading Comprehension (RC) - CAT

Change of Speech - Rules and Examples, Verbal Ability | Verbal Ability (VA) & Reading Comprehension (RC) - CAT

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Change of Speech - Rules and Examples, Verbal Ability | Verbal Ability (VA) & Reading Comprehension (RC) - CAT

Note: The tense of reported speech may not change if reported speech is a universal truth though its reporting verb belongs to past tense.

Examples.

Direct speech: He said, “Mathematics is a science”

Indirect Speech: He said that mathematics is a science.

Direct speech: He said, “Sun rises in east”

Indirect Speech: He said that sun rises in east. (Tense didn’t change because reported speech is a universal truth thought its reporting verb belongs to past tense)

 

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1. What are the rules for a change of speech?
Ans. The rules for a change of speech include using quotation marks to indicate direct speech, changing pronouns and verb tenses to match the new speaker, and using reporting verbs to introduce the speech.
2. Can you provide an example of a change of speech using direct speech?
Ans. Certainly! An example of a change of speech using direct speech would be: Original sentence: She said, "I am going to the store." Changed to indirect speech: She said that she was going to the store.
3. How do you change speech from direct to indirect when the reporting verb is in the present tense?
Ans. When changing speech from direct to indirect and the reporting verb is in the present tense, we usually do not change the verb tenses in the reported speech. We only change the pronouns and sometimes the adverbs of time and place.
4. What is the importance of using quotation marks in a change of speech?
Ans. Quotation marks are important in a change of speech as they indicate that the words being spoken are direct speech. They help to differentiate the actual words spoken from the rest of the sentence and make it clear that it is a direct quote.
5. Can you provide an example of a change of speech using indirect speech?
Ans. Certainly! An example of a change of speech using indirect speech would be: Original sentence: "I can't come to the party," he said. Changed to indirect speech: He said that he couldn't come to the party.
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