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Direct and Reported Speech: Know the Difference 1

In this worksheet, students practise identifying direct and reported speech. They begin to use this for effect in their own writing.

'Direct and Reported Speech: Know the Difference 1' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 2

Curriculum topic:   Writing: Composition

Curriculum subtopic:   Grammar and Vocabulary Awareness

Difficulty level:  

Worksheet Overview

QUESTION 1 of 10

Most stories contain a mixture of direct speech and reported speech.

 

In direct speech, we write the exact words that a character says and put speech marks around them.

For example:

"I'm tired," said Peter.

 

Reported speech tells the reader what the character said, but without using the exact words and without speech marks.

For example:

Peter said he was tired.

 

There are sometimes a number of ways of changing direct speech into reported speech, but the important thing is that the reported speech must give the same information as the direct speech.

For example, all three of these sentences give the same information.

"Thank you for having me to stay," said Kim to her grandmother.

Kim said thank you to her grandmother for having her to stay.

Kim thanked her grandmother for having her to stay.

 

Reported speech is sometimes called indirect speech.

Read the following sentence and decide whether it is direct or reported speech.

 

"Can you help me, please?" asked Bobby.

direct speech

reported speech

Read the following sentence and decide whether it is direct or reported speech.

 

"Help!" screamed Jonny. "I'm sinking!"

direct speech

reported speech

Read the following sentence and decide whether it is direct or reported speech.

 

The girls said that they were lost.

direct speech

reported speech

Read the following sentence and decide whether it is direct or reported speech.

 

Joey told them to look behind the shed.

direct speech

reported speech

Read the following sentence and decide whether it is direct or reported speech.

 

"How many scoops of ice cream would you like?" asked the waitress.

direct speech

reported speech

Read the following sentence containing direct speech.

 

"What time is my dentist's appointment?" asked Neil.

 

Which of the following sentences gives the same information using reported speech?

Neil asked what time his dentist's appointment was.

Neil asked what time my dentist's appointment was.

Both sentences are correct.

Read the following sentence containing direct speech.

 

"Strawberry is my favourite flavour of ice cream," said Liam.

 

Which of the following sentences gives the same information using reported speech?

Liam said that strawberry was his favourite flavour of ice cream.

Liam said strawberry was his favourite flavour of ice cream.

Both sentences are correct.

Read the following sentence containing direct speech.

 

"Did Zoe find it in the attic?" Yolande asked.

 

Which of the following sentences gives the same information using reported speech?

Yolande asked if Zoe had found it in the attic.

Yolande asked whether Zoe had found it in the attic.

Both sentences are correct.

Read the following sentence containing reported speech.

 

Adam moaned that he was bored.

 

Which of the following sentences gives the same information using direct speech?

"I'm bored," Adam moaned.

Adam moaned, "I'm bored."

Both sentences are correct.

Read the following sentence containing reported speech.

 

Millie sobbed that she was sorry she had broken the window.

 

Which of the following sentences gives the same information using direct speech?

"I'm sorry she broke the window," sobbed Millie.

"I'm sorry I broke the window," sobbed Millie.

Both sentences are correct.

  • Question 1

Read the following sentence and decide whether it is direct or reported speech.

 

"Can you help me, please?" asked Bobby.

CORRECT ANSWER
direct speech
EDDIE SAYS
An easy way to identify direct speech is to look for the speech marks. You only need to use speech marks when using direct speech. Reported speech does not use them, as it is not actually the character talking. In reported speech it is the narrator who is explaining to the reader how the character feels or what they have said. You got this!
  • Question 2

Read the following sentence and decide whether it is direct or reported speech.

 

"Help!" screamed Jonny. "I'm sinking!"

CORRECT ANSWER
direct speech
EDDIE SAYS
Super effort! Did you spot the speech marks. This has to be direct speech as you can see that speech marks have been used. This shows that the character is the one talking, making it direct speech.
  • Question 3

Read the following sentence and decide whether it is direct or reported speech.

 

The girls said that they were lost.

CORRECT ANSWER
reported speech
EDDIE SAYS
No speech marks, what does that mean? It has to be reported speech. Direct speech must have speech marks as it shows the character is the one talking. Here the narrator is telling us what the girls said, so no speech marks are needed. This is reported speech.
  • Question 4

Read the following sentence and decide whether it is direct or reported speech.

 

Joey told them to look behind the shed.

CORRECT ANSWER
reported speech
EDDIE SAYS
You got the hang of this now? This is reported speech because the characters are not talking themselves. We can see this because there are no speech being used.
  • Question 5

Read the following sentence and decide whether it is direct or reported speech.

 

"How many scoops of ice cream would you like?" asked the waitress.

CORRECT ANSWER
direct speech
EDDIE SAYS
There are those speech marks again! If there are speech marks being used in the sentence it shows the reader that the character is the one talking. When this happens we call it direct speech as the character is talking directly to another character. Keep it up superstar!
  • Question 6

Read the following sentence containing direct speech.

 

"What time is my dentist's appointment?" asked Neil.

 

Which of the following sentences gives the same information using reported speech?

CORRECT ANSWER
Neil asked what time his dentist's appointment was.
EDDIE SAYS
Read the sentence over and check who is the one talking. Neil is the one talking. The sentence using reported speech needs to give the same information as the one using direct speech. It is Neil who is going to the dentist so we need to use the word 'his'.
  • Question 7

Read the following sentence containing direct speech.

 

"Strawberry is my favourite flavour of ice cream," said Liam.

 

Which of the following sentences gives the same information using reported speech?

CORRECT ANSWER
Both sentences are correct.
EDDIE SAYS
Great effort! We can miss out the word 'that' without changing the meaning of the sentence. Which means both sentences are correct.
  • Question 8

Read the following sentence containing direct speech.

 

"Did Zoe find it in the attic?" Yolande asked.

 

Which of the following sentences gives the same information using reported speech?

CORRECT ANSWER
Both sentences are correct.
EDDIE SAYS
Good job! Using 'whether' instead of 'if' does not change the meaning of the sentence, so both are correct.
  • Question 9

Read the following sentence containing reported speech.

 

Adam moaned that he was bored.

 

Which of the following sentences gives the same information using direct speech?

CORRECT ANSWER
Both sentences are correct.
EDDIE SAYS
Great effort! When you read this it doesn't matter if we put 'Adam moaned' at the beginning or end of the sentence,the sentence has the same meaning either way. So both are sentences are correct.
  • Question 10

Read the following sentence containing reported speech.

 

Millie sobbed that she was sorry she had broken the window.

 

Which of the following sentences gives the same information using direct speech?

CORRECT ANSWER
"I'm sorry I broke the window," sobbed Millie.
EDDIE SAYS
You need to think about who the subject of the sentence is. It was Millie herself who broke the window, so in direct speech we need to use the word 'I' as Millie is the person who is talking.
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