Tuesday, 31 December 2013

Narration- Change of Imperative Sentences from Direct to Indirect form of speech---Method in simple way with examples



Change of Different types of sentences from Direct speech into Indirect speech                                                                              (Contd. From Previous Chapter)




IMPERATIVE  SENTENCES


In Imperative sentences, reported speech contains a  command, order, request, advice or proposal etc.  Verb in the reporting speech is changed according to  the mood of the reported  sentence.


Imperative mood is changed into infinitive mood by adding the word ‘to’.

Comma and inverted commas are removed without using any conjunction.

In negative sentences the word ‘Do’ is removed and in its place ‘not to’ is used.

The words ‘Sir or Madam’ in the reported speech are removed and a word ‘respectfully’ is added in the reporting speech.

The words ‘said to’ in reporting speech are changed into the words given here under according to the sense contained in the reported speech.



                                                              






1. In such cases, the reported speech contains an order & mostly the reported  speech starts with first form of verb.The words ‘said to’ in the reporting speech are replaced by the word ‘ordered’. Coma and inverted commas are replaced by word’to’.  


For a negative sentence 'Do not' in the reported speech is removed and in place of inverted commas 'not to ' is used.



For Example:

The teacher said to the boys,“Leave the room at once.”

The teacher ordered the boys to leave the room at once.


NEGATIVE SENTENCE :


The teacher said to the boys,“Do not make a noise.”



The teacher ordered the boys not to make a noise.



2. If the reported speech contains a request, the words ‘said to’ in the reporting speech are changed into requested. Coma and inverted commas are replaced by word ‘to’. In such cases mostly the reported speech contains the word ‘Please’. The word ‘Please’ is removed without any word in its place.



For a negative sentence 'Do not' in the reported speech is removed and in place of inverted commas 'not to ' is used.

For Example:


The boy said to his friend, “Please lend me your book.”


The boy requested his friend to lend him his book.



The son said to his father," Please do not go to office today. "



The son requested his father not to go to office that day.



3. If the reported speech contains an advice, the words ‘said to’ in the reporting speech are changed into advised. Coma and inverted commas are replaced by word ‘to’.  


For a negative sentence 'Do not' in the reported speech is removed and in place of inverted commas 'not to ' is used.



For Example:

His father said to John, “Work hard lest you should fail.”


His father advised John to work hard lest he should fail.


The teacher said to him," Do not waste your time."


The teacher advised him not to waste his time.



4. If the reported speech starts with the words ‘Let us’ the words ‘said to’ in the reporting speech are changed into ‘proposed to’ or ‘suggested to’. 



Coma and inverted commas are replaced by the word ‘that’.  


The words ‘Let us’ are replaced with the words ‘we should or they should’ according to subject and object in the reporting speech. 


If either of subject or object in reporting speech is first person, the words ‘we should’ are used and if  these are in third person, the words ‘they should’ are used. 


For a negative sentence  in the same way not  is used in the   sentence in indirect form.


For example: 

She said to me, “Let us  go out for a picnic.”


She proposed to me that we should go out for a picnic.


He said to his wife, “Let us go for shopping.”


He suggested to his wife that they should go for shopping.



He said to them," Let us not quarrel with each other."


He suggested to them that they should not quarrel with each other.




5. If the reported speech starts with the words ‘Do not’ the words ‘said to’ in the reporting speech are changed into  ‘forbade’ . Coma and inverted commas are replaced by the word ‘to’.  The words ‘Do not’ are removed. 




For Example:

He said to me, “Do not make haste.”


He forbade me to make haste.



The word ‘forbade’ itself contains the meaning of not so the words ‘not or do not’ are not used thereafter in the sentence.


Both the words Please and Do not are sometimes used in a single sentence e.g.



The old man said to the boys, “Please do not disturb me.”


In such sentences ‘said to’ is  changed into ‘requested’ and inverted commas into 'to' but it is preceded by 'not'.



The old man requested the boys not to disturb him.



The  shopkeeper  said to the customer,“Please do not eat raw and overripe fruit.”



The shopkeeper requested the customer not to eat raw and  overripe fruit.  




The host said to the guests,"Please do not stand on any ceremony."



The host requested the guests not to stand on any ceremony.





If the reporting speech is in past tense following changes will be made in the reported speech: 


                                                                   

















IMPERATIVE SENTENCES   -------starting with the word "Let"








6. If the reported speech starts with the word 'Let' the words 'said to'in the reporting speech are changed into "told or asked" . Coma and inverted commas are replaced by the word 'to'.





For Example:    


He said to the peon, “Let the boys come in.”


He told the peon to let the boys come   in.


The host said to the boy, “Let the guests start their dinner.”


The host told the boy to let the guests start their dinner.



The shopkeeper said to the customer, “Let me finish my work first.”


The shopkeeper told the customer to let him finish his work first.



The nurse said to the visitors ,“Let the patient take rest for some time now.”


The nurse told the visitors to let the patient take rest for some time then.




These sentences are attempted in another way also as follows:


The words “said to” are replaced by “told” and  ,“ ”  by that  and words “ might be allowed to"  after the subject are used in Indirect form of speech. For example the sentence written above will be:




The nurse told his relatives that the patient might be allowed to take rest  for some time then.




The Manager said to him” Let the visitor come in.”  

  

The Manager told him that the visitor might be allowed to come in.
















Monday, 23 December 2013

Narration-Change of Interrogative Sentences into Indirect form-Methods to change combined sentences

               (Continued from Previous Chapter)


INTERROGATIVE SENTENCES



Interrogative sentences are of two types.


A. First, sentences starting with helping verbs like is, am, are, were, was, had, have, shall, will or would etc. 


The second  type of interrogative sentences are which start with words like – What,Which,Why,Who,Whose,Where,When,how and whom etc.


Sometimes there are combined sentences of two or more types in one sentence. 


These two sentences are changed from direct into indirect form of speech accordingly. 



Some examples of such sentences are given here under for practice.


1. My friend said to me, “Are you coming to us today in the evening? Why don’t you join us over dinner  tonight?”


These two sentences in the reported speech are of interrogative nature. So ‘said to’ in the reporting speech will change according to interrogative sentence. It will change into ‘asked’. Further both of these sentences will be changed separately as required under rules for them.



My friend asked me if I was coming to them that day in the evening  and enquired further why I did not join them over dinner that night.


2. The inn keeper said to the traveler, “Why have you come so late? Do you not know that I do not allow late entry to anybody   at night?


These both sentences are of interrogative nature but first starts with ‘Why’ and the second with ‘Do’. Both these  sentences will be changed differently in their own ways. ‘said to’ will change into ‘asked’. In case of first sentence, no word is required to replace inverted commas but for the second these will be replaced by ‘if’. These sentences will be as under:



The innkeeper asked the traveler why he had come  so late and if he did not know that he did not allow late entry to any body at night.



3. The mother said to her son, “What is the matter? “Why are you crying?”


These both sentences are of interrogative nature of the same type. So  ‘said to’ will change into ‘asked’ and no word is required while removing inverted commas.



 The mother asked her son what the matter was  and why he was crying.


4. The old man said to the children, “Why are you making a noise here? Do you not know that I am taking rest?”


The old man asked the children why they were making a noise there and if they did not know that he was taking rest.


5. The owner of the house said to the beggar, “Why are you knocking at my door? Do you need any help?”


The owner of the house asked the beggar why he was knocking at his door  and  if he needed any help.


6. The villager said to the minister, “The prices of all the essential commodities are getting higher and higher. Can you explain the reason for this?”


Out of these two sentences, one is a simple assertive sentence and the second is an interrogative sentence starting with word ‘Can’. For the first, ‘said to’ will change into ‘told’ or ‘informed’ and for  into the second sentence it will change into ‘asked’. Inverted commas for the first will change into ‘that’ and for second ‘if’.


The villager told the minister that the prices of all the essential  commodities were  going higher and higher and asked  if he could explain the reason for that.



7. His daughter said to her, “You have travelled a long distance during the day. Will you not take rest for a while?”


These two sentences are of assertive and interrogative nature respectively. ‘said to’ will change for the first into told and for the second into  asked. Inverted commas for the first will change into ‘that’ and for the second into ‘if’ .


His daughter told her that she had travelled a long distance during the day and asked if she would not take rest for a while.    



8. His mother said to him, “I have been waiting for you since morning. Why are you so late today?”


For the first sentence ‘said to’ will change into ‘told’ and for the second into ‘asked’. Inverted commas for the first sentence will change into ‘that’ and for the second no word is required in place of commas.



His mother told him that she had been waiting for him since morning and asked why he was so late that day.


9. The merchant said to the customer, “Do you need goods of a good quality? I shall  provide you with very good quality goods.”


The merchant asked the customer if he needed goods of a good quality and told that he would provide him with very good quality goods.



10. His friend said to him, “You are looking unwell today. Why don’t you take any medicine?”


His friend told him that he was looking unwell that day and asked why he did not take any medicine.




11.The official said to the boss," Can I go home early today ? Shall I have to submit an application for this purpose?'


The official asked the boss if he could go home early that day and if he would have to submit an application for this purpose.


12.The crane said to the fox, " Where do you live ? Will you like to have your dinner with me tonight?"


The crane asked the fox where she lived and if she would like to have her dinner with him that night.


13.The priest said to the bridegroom, " Where do you come from ? Will you marry this girl? "


The priest asked the bridegroom where he came from and if he would marry that girl.














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Wednesday, 11 December 2013

NARRATION --- Change of Interrogative sentences from Direct to indirect form of speech with examples--Part II

NARRATION

                                                                                                   (contd from previous post)

Change  of Different types of sentences from Direct speech into Indirect speech.





INTERROGATIVE SENTENCES


While changing a sentence from Direct form of speech to Indirect form of speech or vice versa following points are to be observed.


In Direct form of speech there is a  statement within the inverted commas made by the speaker usually to the person whom it is addressed. It is in the form of different types of sentences. Besides this there is a reported speech outside the inverted commas.



A sentence generally has a Subject, an Object & a Verb. A Subject or an object are  usually denoted by a Noun or a Pronoun.  These are represented by three forms of persons i.e. First Person, Second Person & Third Person.  



  • First Person is the person who is speaking or is making the statement.

First Person Singular --- I , My , Me. 

First Person Plural ----- We ,  Our  , Us.



  • Second Person is the person to whom is the speaker is addressing or to whom the statement is being told.

Second Person Singular & Plural ----- You  ,  Your  ,  You . 



  • Third Person is the person except above two categories referred in the statement about whom reference is made in the speech. 

Third Person  Singular ---- He ,  His  ,  Him  OR 

                                               She  ,  Her  ,  Her  .

Third Person  Plural -----   They ,  Their  ,  Them .



First Person
Singular
I
My
Me
Plural
We
Our
Us
Second Person
Singular & Plural
You
 Your
You
Third Person
Singular
He/She
His/Her
Him/Her
Plural
They
Their
Them



While changing direct form of speech to Indirect form of speech :

  • First Person in reported speech changes according to Subject in reporting speech. 

  • Second Person in reported speech changes according to object in reporting speech.  

  • Third  Person in reported speech  does not change.  


First Person
Second Person
Third Person
Subject
Object
No Change





Interrogative sentences are of two types.


A. First starting with helping verbs like is, am, are, were, was, had, have, shall, will or would etc.



B. The second  type of interrogative sentences are which start with words like – What,Which,Why,Who,Whose,Where,When, How and Whom etc.




While changing direct form of speech into Indirect form in case of interrogative sentences, said to is replaced by 'asked or inquired of '


Inverted commas are replaced by 'if  or whether' in case of first type (A) of sentences but in case of second type of sentences (B), no word is written in place of inverted commas.


For Example :

First Form :  


The stranger said to us," Have you ever been to our village?"



In this case 


 "said to "  =  asked or inquired of .  "     "  = if or whether



The interrogative sentence in the reported speech will be changed into simple or assertive form of sentence. 


It will be -- 'You have ever been to our village'  


You is  second person and   it will change according to the subject i.e. 'us'. It will 

be 'We'  'Have ' is first form of verb and it will change into second form 

of  verb i.e. 'had'. 'Our' is first person and it will change according to Subject i,e, 

'the stranger' which is third person singular i.e. equivalent to 'He'.  But 'Our' is 

plural so its equivalent in third person will be 'their'.



The Indirect form of the sentence 


The stranger said to us," Have you ever been to our village?" 

will be


The stranger asked us if  we had  ever been to their village.    OR

The stranger inquired of us whether we had ever been to their village.



Second Form :


The patient said to the doctor, "Why is it so that I am feeling dizzy ? What is the reason that I cannot walk even ? "



In indirect form of this sentence 


said to = asked or inquired of    Inverted commas will be removed without substituting any word.


The two sentences in positive form r assertive form will be


Why it is so that I am feeling so dizzy. & What the reason is that I cannot walk even.


Is = was, am = was   is = was cannot = could not.  I is first person It will  change according to subject 'the patient' i.e. third person singular = He.



 The sentence in its indirect form will be :

The patient asked the doctor why it was so that he was feeling dizzy  and what  the reason was that he could not walk even.

OR

The patient inquired of the doctor why it was so that he was feeling dizzy  and what  the reason was that he could not walk even.


Here are some sentences of this type for practice.



EXERCISE NO. 1


1. All the players said to the captain, " Are you not satisfied with the performance of the team? Do you feel that we should do more hard work to attain better results? What do you suggest in this regard ?  "


Ans. All the players asked the captain if he was not satisfied with the performance of the team and if  he felt that they should do more hard work to attain better results and what he suggested in that regard .



2. The inspector  said to the boy," How do you dare to disobey my orders? Do you not deserve to be punished ? Do you accept your fault and are you ready to appologise ? "



Ans. The inspector  asked the boy how he dared to disobey his orders and if he did not deserve to be punished and if he accepted his fault and he was ready to appologise. 





3. The father  said to his daughter," Where had you been for such a long time ? Why do you come home so late at night? When does your office close in the evening?  Can't you return home in time ? "


The father  asked his daughter where she had been for such a long time and why she came home so late at night, He asked her further when her office closed in the evening and if she couldn't  return home in time,




















Sunday, 8 December 2013

NARRATION --- Change of Interrogative sentences from Direct to indirect form of speech with examples.


NARRATION


Change  of Different types of sentences from Direct speech into Indirect speech.





INTERROGATIVE SENTENCES

The basic main rule of Narration is :

First Person in reported speech changes according to Subject in reporting speech. 

Second Person in reported speech changes according to object in reporting speech.  

Third  Person in reported speech  does not change.


                                                                       
                                                                

                                                             

For example :


He said to me," Will you convey my message to her? "  




'You' is second person. It will change according to object 'me'. 

'My' is First person It will change according to Subject 'He'. 

'Her' is third person It will not change.


 He asked me if I would convey his message to her.



Interrogative sentences are of two types.


A. First starting with helping verbs like is, am, are, were, was, had, have, shall, will or would etc.


For example  :

 He said to her, "Are you going home?"  

She said to me,"Will you help me?" 




In such sentences, the sentence is changed  from interrogative form to assertive sentence. 


The helping verb is shifted to its normal place as per assertive sentence and is further changed as required.


 Subject and object in the reported speech are changed according to rules.


The  sign of interrogation is removed and it is substituted by full stop. 


Comma and Inverted commas are replaced by the word ‘if ’. 


For example:


He said, “Are you well now?”


The sentence will change as:Interrogative will change into assertive. 


\Interrogation mark (?) will change into (.) Full stop.


He said, “You are well now.”


Further , “” will change into if. 



You is second person. It will change into object of reporting speech. There is no object in reporting speech.  So it will not change.



Are will change into were and now will change into then.


The sentence in its indirect for will be :

He said if you were well then. 


Now a sentence with an object in reporting speech.

He said to me."Are you well now?"




'you' is a second person. It will  change according to object i.e. 'me'.




 Accordingly 'are' will change into was.




He asked me if I was well then.




I said to him,"Are you well now?"



You is second person it will change according to object him.

Are will change into was (according to he). 

I asked him if he was well then.


Some more examples are :


She said to him. “Will you lend me your book?”

Said to will change into asked  "  " =if  Past tense of will =would.


You and your  are second person and will change according to object him.


Me is first person and will change according to She. 


So it   will be :

She asked him if he would lend her his book.


The doctor said to her, “Do you take any medicine?”

Here 'Do take ' in interrogative sentence = Take in assertive sentence.

Past tense of take = took. 


You is second person and will change according to object 'her'.



The doctor asked her if she took any medicine.


The lady said to us,  “  Did you attend the party yesterday?


Did attend in interrogative sentence = attended in assertive sentence.


Attended will change into Had + Third form or Had attended.


You, Second person will change according to object us. 


Yesterday = the previous day. So it will be :



The lady asked us if  we  had attended the party the previous day.





Boys said to the teacher, “Are you not going to teach us today?”

Boys asked the teacher if he was not going to teach them that day.


The lady said to us,  “  Will you attend the party today?

The lady asked us if  we  would attend the party that day.


She said to me, “Is he an honest man?”

She asked me if he was an honest man.


The boy said to the shopkeeper, “Do you sell sweets?”

The boy asked the shopkeeper if he sold  sweets.


The fox said to the crow. “Are the grapes sour?”

The fox asked the crow if the grapes were sour.


The father said to his son, “Do you hear a noise?”

The father asked his son if he heard a noise.


John said to his friend, “Did you not go to your office today?”

John asked his friend if he had not gone to his office that  day.


He said to the passerby, “Do you need my help?”

He asked the passerby if he  needed his help.


She said to me, “Has he invited you to dinner?”

She asked me if he  had invited me to dinner.


You said to her, “Will you come to my house today?”

You asked her if she would come to your house that day.


The student said to the  teacher, “Sir, May I go home?”

The student asked the teacher respectfully if he might go home.


She said to her, “Can you solve  my problem?”

She asked her if she could solve her problem.


He said to you, “Is it not a surprise for me?”

He asked you if it was not a surprise for him.


She said to the boys, “Did you play a match yesterday?”

She asked the boys if they had played a match the previous day.


My mother said to him, “Will you help me in this matter?

My mother asked him if he would help her in that matter.


I said to her,  “Will you keep quiet for some time?”

I asked her if she would keep quiet for some time.



B. The second  type of interrogative sentences are which start with words like – What,Which,Why,Who,Whose,Where,When,how and whom etc.



He said to me, “Where are you going?”

In such sentences, ‘said to’ is changed to ‘asked’. 


The sentence is changed according to assertive sentences. 


The interrogative sentence is changed into an assertive sentence and the sign of interrogation is removed and are substituted by full stop.


 Comma and Inverted commas are removed without using any word in their place.

 For example: 


The aforesaid sentence will be:

He asked me where I was going.



My mother said to her, “How do you feel now?”

My mother asked her how she felt then.


She said to the stranger, “Who are you?”

She asked the stranger who he was.


I said, “How long will you stay with us, Mohan?”

I asked  Mohan how long  he would stay with us.


She said to him, “Which is your book?”

She asked him which his book was.


He said  to me, “Where do you want to go?”

He asked me where I wanted to go.


The father said to the child, “Why don’t you speak the truth?”

The father asked the child why he did not speak the truth.


She said to me,  “Who are you? Where do you come from?”

She asked me who I was and where I came from.


The policeman said to the thief, “What are you doing here?”

The police asked the thief what he was doing there.


She said to her husband, “When will you leave for your office?”

She asked her husband when he would leave for his office.


He said to me," When are you leaving for Delhi? Will you take me along with you?"

He asked me when I was leaving for Delhi and if I would take him along with me. 


The official said to the visitor," What do you want ?  Do you not know that office is closed today?"

The  official asked the visitor what he wanted and if he did not know that office was closed on that day.


His wife said to him," Are you leaving for your office now?  When will you return home in the evening today?"

His wife asked him if he was leaving for his office then and when he would return home in the evening that day. 

The old man said to the boy," Why are you beating this child ? Do you not have any sense of shame ?"

The old man asked the boy why he was beating that child and if he had not any sense of shame.
















Note Also view http://grammarenglisheasyway.blogspot.in/2015/09/narration-change-of-different-types-of.html  &chapter  Transformation or Conversion of Sentences for better understanding.It'll help further in understanding the topic.

 



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