Read the following conversation and report the dialogue in the reported speech.
Mike: "What are you doing here, Liz? I haven't seen you since June."
Liz: "I've just come back from my holiday in Ireland."
Mike: "Did you enjoy it?"
Reported speech exercises with answers and grammar rules.
How to report a dialogue
If we report a conversation, we use a reporting verb ('say' and 'tell' are the most common, but there are a lot of other verbs like 'claim', 'admit', 'explain'...). If the reporting verb is in the past tense (I said that... He told us that...), we have to change the following:
"I am hungry," I said. - I said I was hungry.
"Sarah went to hospital," Terry said. - Terry said that Sarah had gone to hospital.
"Jim has gone away," Betty told me. - Betty told me that Jim had gone away.
"We will try it again," we promised. - We promised we would try it again.
They called us," said Tom. - Tom said they had called them.
"I like this," Sarah told me. - Sarah told me she liked that.
- Time and place
Harry: "She will come tomorrow." - Harry said she would come the next day.
My brother: "I arrived at Warsaw yesterday." - My brother told me that he had arrived at Warsaw the day before.
"I'll be here on time," he said. - He said he would be there on time.
- Word order in reported questions
"How old are you?" asked Peter. - Peter wanted to know how old I was.
"What did you do?" asked my mum. - My mum asked what I had done.
"Will you catch a bus?" I asked my sister. - I asked my sister if she would catch a bus.