Reported speech exercises

Directions (1- 25): In the following questions, a sentence has been given in Direct / Indirect speech. Out of the four alternatives suggested, select the one which best expresses the same sentence in Indirect / Direct speech.
1. The driver said, “I have been waiting here at the airport since two hours for my master. “
(a)The driver said that he had been waiting there at the airport since two hours for his master.
(b) The driver said that he had been waiting here at the airport since two hours for his master.
(c) The driver said that he has been waiting there at the airports since two hours for his master.
(d) The driver said that he has been waiting here at the airport since two hours for his master. 
2. My mother said, “We went to a market that is five kilometres from here. “
(a) My mother said that they had gone to a market that was five kilometres from here.
(b) My mother said that they have gone to a market that was five kilometres from there
(c) My mother said that they had gone to a market that was five kilometres from there.
(d) My mother said that they have gone to a market that was five kilometres from here.
3. My sister said to me, “You didn’t help me yesterday so I will not help you now.” 
(a) My sister said to me that I had not helped her the day before so she would not help me then.
(b) My sister said to me that I have not helped her the day before so she would not help me now (c) My sister said to me that I have not helped her yesterday so she would not help me then.
(d) My sister said to me that I had not helped her yesterday so she would not help me now.
4. The children said, “They were busy playing thus they did not notice the stranger.”
(a) The children said that they had been busy playing so they have not noticed the stranger.
(b) The children said that they had been busy playing so they had not noticed the stranger.
(c) The children said that they have been busy playing so they had not noticed the stranger.
(d) The children said that they have been busy playing so _  they have not noticed the stranger. 
 5. The family said, “We were watching TV when we heard the news.”
(a) The family said that they had been watching TV when they had heard the news.
(b) The family said that they had been watching TV when they have heard the news.
(c) The family said that they have been watching TV when they had heard the news.
(d) The family said that they have been watching TV when they have heard the news.
6. The candidate said, “I had passed the entrance test but could not present myself for the interview round held last month.”
(a) The candidate said that he had passed the entrance test but could not be presenting himself for the interview round held the month before .
(b) The candidate said that he has passed the entrance test but could not present himself for the interview round that was held the month before.
(c) The candidate said that he had passed the entrance test but could not present himself for the interview round that was held the month before. .
(d)The candidate said that he has passed the entrance test but could not be presenting himself for the interview round held the month before. .
7. He said, “I had not received the passport hence I could not attend the conference held last year. “
(a) He said that he had not received the passport then he could not be attending the conference held last year.
(b) He said that he had not received the passport then he could not attend the conference held the month before.
(c ) He said that he had not received the passport, hence he could not attend the conference held last year.
(d) He said that he has not received the passport so he could not be attending the conference held last year.
8. He said, “I will go to Mumbai someday next month. “
(a) He said that he would go to Mumbai someday the following month.
(b) He said that he would go to Mumbai someday the following month.
(c) He said that he would go to Mumbai someday the following month.
(d) He says tho Mumbai someday the following month.
9. The manager said, “I will not waste any further time and start the work today itself. “
(a) The manager said that he would not waste any further time and start the work today itself.
(b) The manager said that he will not waste any further time and start the work that day itself.
(c) The manager said that he will not waste any further time and start the work today itself.
(d) The manager said that he would not waste any further time and start the work that day itself.
10. My neighbors said, “We will not be driving this car any more as it has become unreliable. “
(a) My neighbors said that they would not be driving that car anymore as it had become unreliable.
(b) My neighbors said that they would not be driving that car any more as it has become unreliable.
(c) My neighbors said that they will not be driving that car any more as it had become unreliable.
(d) My neighbors said that they will not be driving that car anymore as it has become unreliable. 
11. My sister said to my mother, “When can I have dinner? I hardly have had anything to eat
since noon today.”
(a) My sister asked my mother when she could have her dinner and said that she hardly had had anything to eat since noon that day
(b) My sister asked my mother when she can have her dinner and said that she hardly had had  anything to eat since noon that day
(c) My sister asked my mother when she can have her dinner and said that she hardly had had anything to eat since noon that day
(d) My sister asked my mother when she could have her dinner and said that she hardly had had anything to eat since noon that day
12. He said, I started the job today. “
(a) He said that he has started the job today.
(b) He said that he had started the job that day.
(c) He said that he had had started the job that day.
(d) He said that he has started the job that day.
13. He said, “I had gone to my native place last month.
(a) He said that he had gone to his native place the month before.
(b) He said that he had gone to his native place last month.
(c) He said that he has gone to his native place the month before.
(d) He said that he has gone to his native place last month.
14. They said to me, “We will help your team if you sign on this document.”
(a) They said to me that they would help my team if I signed on that document.
(b) They said to me that they will help my team if is signed on this document.
(c) They said to me that they would be helping my team if I signed on that document.
(d) They said to me that they will help my team if I sign on this document.
15. He said, “This man will be waiting for you here at the lobby. “
(a) He said this that man would be waiting for me there at the lobby.
(b) He said that that man would be waiting for me there at the lobby.
(c) He said that that man would be waiting for me her eat the lobby.
(d) He said this that man would be waiting for me here at the lobby.
16. She said, “I will have my report finished by tomorrow. “
(a) She said that she would have her report finished by tomorrow.”
(b) She said that she will have her report finished by the next day.
(c) She said that she will have her report finished by tomorrow.
(d) She said that she would have her report finished by then he next day.
17. The host asked, “Did you come by train?”
(a) The host asked whether I have come by train.
(b) The host asked whether I had come by train.
(c) The host asked in case I have come on train.
(d) The host asked in case I have come by train.
18. She said, “I will be making the dinner now, so tell me what you wish to eat?”
(a) She said that she would be making the dinner then so we should tell her that we wished to eat.
(b) She said that she would be making the dinner then so we should tell her what we wished to eat.
(c) She said that she would be making the dinner now so we should tell her what we wished to eat.
(d) She said that she would be making the dinner now so we should tell her that we wished to eat.
19. My mother said, “I will have cooked the food by then thus | can join you all for the movie.”
(a) My mother said that she would have cooked the food by then so she can join us for the movie.
(b) My mother said that she will have cooked the food by then so she could join us for the movie. (c) My mother said that she would have cooked the food by then so she could join us for the movie.
(d) My mother said that she will have cooked the food by then so she can join us for the movie.
20. My father said, “We have been living here since the day this house was built. “
(a) My father said that they had been living here since the day that house was built.
(b) My father said that they had been living there since the day that house had been built.
(c) My father said that they have been living there since the day that house were built.
(d) My father said that they have been living here since the day this house were being built.
21. My neighbor said, “I bought a new car last week.”
(a) My neighbor said that he had bought a new car last week.
(b) My neighbor said that he had bought a new car the week before.
(c) My neighbor said that he has bought a new car the week before
(d) My neighbor said that he has bought a new car last week.
22. The artist said, “Twas painting a picture here at the bank of this river.”
(a) The artist said that he had been painting a picture here at the bank of that river. 
(b) The artist said that he had been painting a picture here at the bank of this river.
(c) The artist said that he had been painting a picture  here at the bank of that river.
(d) The artist said that he had been painting a picture here at the bank of this river.
23. My brother said, “I was not making a noise thus I did not”
(a) My brother said that he had not been making a noise so he has not been disturbing the neighbours.
(b) My brother said that he was not making a noise so he had not disturbed the neighbours.
(c) My brother said that was not making a noise so he has not disturbed the neighbours.
(d) My brother said that he had not been making a noise so he had not disturbed the neighbours.
 
24. They said, “This is the stadium where we had won the match.”
(a) They said that that was the stadium where they had won the match.
(b) They said that that was the stadium where they had won that match.
(c) They said that that is the stadium where they had won the match.
(d) They said that that is the stadium where they had won that match.
25. My colleague said, “I will start a new assignment tomorrow.”
(a) My colleague said that he would start a new assignment tomorrow.
(b) My colleague said that he will start a new assignment the next day.
(c) My colleague said that he would start a new assignment the next day. 
(d) My colleague said that he will start a new assignment tomorrow.
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