Rules for CHANGE OF NARRATION AND CHANGE OF VOICE
DIRECT AND INDIRECT
Define Direct and Indirect Speech Or How we convert Direct Speech into Indirect Speech.
Category : English
Topic : Direct and Indirect Speech
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Test Type : Multiple Choice Questions [MCQ’s]
CHANGE OF NARRATION AND CHANGE OF VOICE
DIRECT AND INDIRECT
A speech may be reported in two ways :
(i) We may give the exact words of the speaker. This is called Direct Speech.
(ii) We may report what the speaker said without quoting his exact words. This is called Indirect or Reported Speech.
Read the following two sentences :-
(a) My sister said, “I am now going to Lahore”.
(b) My sister said that she was then going to Lahore.
These two sentences are examples of the two ways in which we may report what a speaker said.
In (a) the exact words of the speaker are given. Hence it is the Direct Speech.
In (b) the substance of what has been said is given. Hence it is the Indirect Speech.
Direct Speech : Three points are to be noted in a Direct Speech ,(Sentence ‘a’)
(i) The exact words of the Speaker are put within inverted com¬mas (” “).
(ii) A comma (,) is put before these words to separate them from the first part of the sentence, i.e. the reporting speech.
(iii) The first word in the inverted commas begins with a Capital letter.
Indirect Speech : In this form of speech (Sentence b) five distinct points are to be noted :
The reported words are not in inverted commas and a conjunction….Read More Rules
English Direct and Indirect Speech Quiz