Reported speech: commands and requests - exercise 8
Make reported commands and requests.
"Sit down, please," she asked me.
She asked me to sit down.
Reported speech exercises and grammar rules for intermediate and advanced learners of English.
Reported commands and requests
We use verbs such as advise, ask, beg, forbid, order, persuade, recommend, tell, urge, warn etc. to introduce commands and requests in the reported speech.
In the direct speech we usually do not mention the person in the imperative. In the reported speech the person addressed must be mentioned.
"Stand up!" he said. - He told me to stand up.
"Please, prepare for the exam," she said. - She urged me to prepare for the exam.
"Take off your shoes," I said. - I advised him to take off his shoes.
Negative commands and requests are made by verb + object + not + infinitive.
"Don't hesitate," our teacher persuaded us. - Our teacher persuaded us not to hesitate.
"Don't smoke," the doctor warned my father. - The doctor warned my father not to smoke.