English Grammar Exercises for B1- Reported speech (questions)

1. Put the words in the correct order to make reported questions.

me / been / John / had / where / asked / I

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they / asked / come / them / if / could / We / for lunch

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asked / be / when / car / I / ready / him / would

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I / the way / You / if / asked / knew / me

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going / her / asked / she / They / was / where

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he / a drink / him / wanted / asked / if / She

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1   John asked me where I had been.

2   We asked them if they could come for lunch.

3   I asked him when car would be ready.

4   You asked me if I knew the way.

5   They asked her where she was going.

6   She asked him if he wanted a drink.

2. Complete the reported questions with the correct pronouns.

1 He asked her if __she__ could call him back.

2 Sally asked us if ________ could send her an email.

3 They asked ________ where I had seen their dog.

4 The teacher asked him if ________ would help her.

5 She asked ________ if I would go with ________ to the police.

6 I asked you what time ________ were picking me up.

7 We asked ________ when they would pay ________

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2 we   3 me   4 he   5 me, her   6 you   7 them, us

3. Simon has been away from school for a month. Read his description of his first day back and write the direct questions.

friends asked me a lot of questions today. First, Chris asked me why I had missed school and Sandra asked me if I had been ill. Next, Emma asked me if I could tell them about trip. After that, Susan asked me if the head teacher knew I was back. Later, Nigel asked me if I would still take exams and finally, Elaine asked me if I wanted to borrow her notes.


Chris: ‘Why did you miss school?’

Sandra: ‘______________?’

Emma: ‘______________?’

Susan: ‘______________?’

Nigel: ‘______________?’

Elaine: ‘______________?’

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2 ‘Have you been ill?’

3 ‘Can you tell us about your trip?’

4 ‘Does the Head teacher know you’re / are back?’

5 ‘Will you still take your exams?’

6 ‘Do you want to borrow notes?’

4. Last week Sue went to an interview for a part-time job. Listen to the conversation and complete the direct speech.

1 Which school ________?

2 How old ________?

3 Have ________ a job before?

4 _____ your best subject at school?

5 _____ pass your last maths exam?

6 What do you ________ When you leave school?

7 _____ to go to university?

8 _____ two evenings during the week?

9 _____ next week?

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1 do you go to   2 are you   3 you ever had

4 What’s   5 Did you   6 want to do   7 Are you planning

8 Will you be able to work   9 Can you start

5. Look again at exercise 4. Then complete the reported speech.

First, the interviewer asked me which school I went to and 1 __how old I was__ . Then she asked me 2 _____ Next she asked me 3 ___________ and 4 _____ After that she asked me 5 ___________ and 6 _____ Finally, she asked me 7 ___________ and 8 _____

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2 if I’d / had ever had a job before

3 what best subject at school was

4 if I’d / had passed last maths exam

5 what I wanted to do when I leave school

6 if I was planning to go to university

7 if I could work two evenings during the week

8 if I could start the following week

Challenge!

Think of three questions you have asked someone today. Write the questions and answers in reported speech.

I asked ________.

He / She said ________.

I asked ________.

He / She said ________.

I asked ________.

He / She said ________.