Indirect Speech
Make sure to add some indirect speech in your stories.

Indirect Speech

This KS2 English quiz challenges you on indirect speech. Indirect speech can also be called 'reported speech', which explains its meaning very well. If someone has spoken to you and you tell someone else what she or he said, you are using indirect speech. Too much dialogue in your writing can be confusing (and boring for the reader), so it's important to practise using reported speech.

You will know that it's good to check your work for errors and spelling mistakes. It's especially important in this style of writing to make sure you haven't got things the wrong way round. So be sure to spend a few minutes re-reading your writing until you are completely happy with it.

Look carefully at each of the answers in this quiz before making your choice.

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  1. Read the words that have been written in direct speech. Which answer correctly reports the words using indirect speech?
    "Unfortunately, school will be closed tomorrow," Mr. Smith said, sadly.
    Remember indirect speech doesn't require quote marks.
  2. Read the words that have been written in direct speech. Which answer correctly reports the words using indirect speech?
    "I'm not feeling very well," moaned Adam.
    It is necessary to change from first person to third when you are reporting what someone else said. Adam says 'I', but we must use 'he'.
  3. Read the words that have been written in direct speech. Which answer correctly reports the words using indirect speech?
    Peter said, "That was the best film I've ever seen!"
    Did you remember to change from first to third person?
  4. Read the words that have been written in direct speech. Which answer correctly reports the words using indirect speech?
    The mysterious voice said, "You will find the second clue under the bed."
    To report speech, you will often need to change the tense. Here the verb changes from 'will find' to 'would find'.
  5. Read the words that have been written in direct speech. Which answer correctly reports the words using indirect speech?
    "I hope I never have to speak to my neighbour again," Nan said, banging the door rather irritably.
    Can you guess what mood Nan was in?
  6. Read the words that have been written in direct speech. Which answer correctly reports the words using indirect speech?
    "Which is your favourite sweet, Chloe?" asked Emily.
    Make sure you get the two girls the right way round!
  7. Read the words that have been written in direct speech. Which answer correctly reports the words using indirect speech?
    "Expect heavy showers on Thursday," said the weatherman.
    Here the imperative 'expect' becomes 'to expect'.
  8. Read the words that have been written in direct speech. Which answer correctly reports the words using indirect speech?
    "Could I just have a look in lost property?" Leah asked the receptionist.
    The first answer might be true, but it is not reported (indirect) speech.
  9. Read the words that have been written in direct speech. Which answer correctly reports the words using indirect speech?
    "Watch out!" the whole team screamed at us.
    Don't forget to add any necessary punctuation.
  10. Read the words that have been written in direct speech. Which answer correctly reports the words using indirect speech?
    "Whisk the cream, then add the melted chocolate," instructed the chef on the television.
    The imperative 'whisk' becomes 'to whisk' - reported instructions will follow this rule: the coach said to run; the MP said to vote; the teacher said to be quiet....

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