Tuesday 1st December 2020
L.C. To understand the difference between direct and indirect speech.
What are inverted commas?
Direct speech is written inside inverted commas and is what a person has said.
Indirect speech (can also be referred to as reported speech) is not written in inverted commas and does not use the exact words of the original speaker.
Lets look at this carefully to help us to understand.
If I was to say something this:
Hello, children. I'm really please that you are in my group. said Mr Hindman.
This would be Direct speech. Therefore would need inverted commas around the text. But remember only the bit being spoken would be in inverted commas. So it should look like this.
"Hello, children. I'm really please that you are in my group." said Mr Hindman.
If it said:
Mr Hindman said hello to you and that he was pleased to have you in his group.
This would be Indirect speech as these aren't Mr Hindman's exact words. Therefore wouldn't need inverted commas around the text.
The following sentence is in Direct speech could you tell the person next to you what it would be in Indirect speech.
"I hope you are well and ready to work." said Mr Grimshaw.
Hopefully we got the right answer which should have been:
Mr Grimshaw hoped that we were well and ready to work.
Write down whether the following sentences are Direct speech or Indirect speech.
Change the following sentences from Direct speech to Indirect speech or from Indirect speech to Direct speech.
Home learners please could you take a photo of your English work and email it to Mr Hindman on Purple Mash.