Reported speech (aka: indirect speech) is
commonly used in spoken conversations and
in writing to report what others have said.
When you want to report what someone else
We can use Direct Speech:
“He said, ‘I love
We can use Indirect
“He said that he
Option 1 Option 2
Have you ever eavesdropped on a
conversation? What do you do if
you notice someone
eavesdropping on you?
Can you ‘report’ back a news story
that you heard or read recently?
Can you tell me about a conversation
you had with your boss / colleague
Can you talk about a conversation you
recently had with a friend or family
Have you had to speak in a direct way to
someone recently? What did you say?
How many years has your friend worked for their
“She/he told me that she/he has worked for her/his current company for ______ years
“She/he said that she/he has worked for her/his current company for ______ years.”
Your friend asks you to pick them up their favorite f
What food would you get?
If you invited your friend to do something, which
activity would they prefer to do?:
a) sit in a café and chat
b) go shopping
c) hang out at home and cook
d) watch a movie at the cinema
e) something else
Do you know what your friend’s biggest fear is?
Do you know the name of your friend’s ‘most challenging
Do you know the name(s) of your friend’s sibling(s)?
Watch the following video and
report what happened.
1. How long did Emma say she
booked the deluxe suite?
Emma/She said she booked the deluxe suite for
Emma said, “My name is Emma Wallace and I
have booked the deluxe suite for 3 nights.”
“What did Emma say to the
receptionist when she couldn’t find
Emma said, “Could I use your pen?”
Emma asked the receptionist if she could
use her pen.
She asked her if she could use her pen.
What did the receptionist say when Emma
asked what time breakfast was served?
The receptionist said, “Breakfast is serve
from 7am to 9:30am in the restaurant.”
The receptionist said that breakfast was
served from 7am to 9:30am in the restaurant.”
She: …replied that…responded
that…answered that…told her that…
What special request did Emma
ask for regarding her breakfast?
Room Service, 11AM
Emma asked, “Would it be possible to ha
room service later on. Let’s say, 11:30?”
Emma asked if it were/would be possible to
room service at 11:30.
She… requested to have… asked to
What was Emma’s final request to the
Emma requested, “Could you take a
photo of me here in the hotel? My fans
will love it?”
Emma asked the receptionist if she could take
her photo in the hotel because her fans would
She wanted her (the receptionist) to take a
Jane: “I forgot to call you!”
Jane said she forgot to call me.
Reported Speech for Questions
This type of question is reported by using 'ask' + 'if / whether' +
This type of question is reported by using 'ask' (or another verb like 'ask') +
question word + clause.
The clause contains the question, in normal word order and with the necessary