English Grammar Exercises for B2 – Reported speech

1. Change the direct speech to reported speech. The people are/were talking to you.

1 ‘You should read news blog.’

   Emma says ________

2 ‘I’ll be working at home tomorrow.’

    mum said ________

3 ‘I hate watching the news on TV.’

    Anna says ________

4 ‘You haven’t been working hard enough.’

    Ben complained ________

5 ‘I hadn’t expected the broadcast to be live.’

   Ian explained ________

6 ‘I’d like to borrow your newspaper.’

   Fred said ________

7 ‘I don’t want to go to the theatre.’

      A has said ________

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(that) I / we should read her newsblog

(that) she would be working at home the next / following day

(that) she hates watching the news on TV

(that) I / we hadn’t been working hard enough

that he hadn’t expected the broadcast to be live

(that) he would like to borrow newspaper

(that) she doesn’t want to go to the theatre

2. Choose the correct answers.

Sam saidtold her to leave.

‘This article is really interesting,’ saidtold Harry.

‘I’m hungry,’ she saidtold to her dad.

They saidtold me he was a reporter.

Jake saystells that he wants to study journalism.

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1 told   2 said   3 said    4 told   5 says

3. Read the dialogue and complete Imogen’s report of the conversation.

Imogen What are you doing?

Ed         I’m writing a letter to the newspaper.

Imogen What’s the letter about?

Ed         It’s about crime rates in our town. There should be more police!

Imogen You should mention that recent bank robbery.

Ed         I will, if I can find the name of the bank.

Imogen Have you looked online?

Ed         I can’t. Somebody has stolen laptop!


I asked Ed what 1 _____ He explained that 2 _____ I asked 3 _________ , and Ed replied 4 _____ He said that 5 _____ I said 6 _________ and Ed said 7 _________ if 8 _____ I asked 9 _____ He said 10 _________ because 11 _________ !

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1   he was doing

2   he was writing a letter to the newspaper

3   (him) what the letter was about

4   (that) it was about crime rates in our town

5   there should be more police

6   he should mention the recent bank robbery

7   he would

8   he could find the name of the bank

9   (him) if he had looked online

10 he couldn’t

11 someone had stolen his laptop

4. Listen to a woman carrying out a survey about newspapers. Report the questions.

1 She asked him if he read _________

2 She asked him _________

3 She asked him _________

4 She asked him _________

5 She asked him _________

6 She asked him _________

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1 newspapers

2 how many papers he had bought in the previous week.

3 which his favourite newspaper was.

4 why he liked it.

5 how it could be made even better.

6 if he trusted newspaper journalists to tell the truth.

Transcript

Woman I’m carrying out a survey about newspapers. Do you have a spare minute to answer some questions?

Man       Sure. Fire away.

Woman Do you read newspapers?

Man       Yes, I read the newspaper every day.

Woman How many papers have you bought in the last week?

Man       I’ve bought a paper every day.

Woman Which is your favourite newspaper?

Man       I like The Times.

Woman Why do you like it?

Man       There’s a good mix of serious news and human-interest stories.

Woman How could it be made even better?

Man       There should be more sport.

Woman Finally, do you trust newspaper journalists to tell the truth?

Man       Yes, I do. Most of the time.

5. Match the answers (a-f) with the questions in exercise 4.

a There should be more sport.

b I’ve bought a paper every day.

c Yes, I do. Most of the time.

d Yes, I read the newspaper every day.

e I like The Times.

There’s a good mix of serious news and human-interest stories.

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a 5   b 2   c 6   d 1   e 3   f 4

6. Now complete the woman’s report.

The man told her he read ________________ and that ________________ every day that week. He said ________________ The Times and that he liked it ________

However, he told her ________ In answer to the final question, he said that ________

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(The man told her he read) the newspaper every day (and that) he had bought a paper (every day that week. He said) (that) he liked (The Times and that he liked it) because there was a good mix of serious news and human-interest stories. (However, he told her) (that) there should be more sport. (In answer to the final question, he said that) he trusted journalists to tell the truth most of the time.

Challenge!

Report a conversation that you had recently with a friend or a member of your family.

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Выбрать курс с тренером делового английского Максимом Ачкасовым (B.A., M.A. Манчестер, INTESOL, IELTS, BEC, CertIBET, TKT)