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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

Year:  Year 5 English worksheets

Curriculum topic:   Writing: Composition

Curriculum subtopic:   Grammar and Vocabulary Awareness

Popular topics:   Writing worksheets

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Worksheet Overview

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 inverted commas (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 that 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.

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