Exercises for Reported Speech - answers

  • 1. "Can I borrow your car, John?", asked Brian.
  • Brian asked John if he could borrow his car.
  • 2. Perhaps he speaks English.
  • He might speak English.
  • 3. "I will never meet Peter again," said Joan.
  • Joan was sure that she would never meet Peter again.
  • 4, "Where do you come from?", asked Mary.
  • Mary asked him where he came from.
  • 5. "Has anyone seen my tennis racket?", I asked.
  • I wanted to know if anyone had seen my tennis racket.
  • 6. "Don't buy me any more flowers!", Mary said to John.
  • Mary told John not to buy her any more flowers.
  • 7. I think you should take an aspirin.
  • You had better take an aspirin.
  • 8. "May I use your phone?", he asked me.
  • He asked if he might use my phone.
  • 9. They probably stopped to do some shopping.
  • They may have stopped to do some shopping.
  • 10. There are no biscuits left. I am sure Tim ate them.
  • Tim must have eaten the biscuits.
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