Here's a set of flashcards to present reported speech structures in ESL classes. The whole set is divided into three groups as reporting statements, reporting questions and reporting imperatives, which will help students identify the different structures used with reported speech. The sentences are written in the theme of nature and the environment. The example sentences of reported speech which accompanies the pictures are given below.
The sentences in reported speech are accompanied by descriptive and interesting pictures to attract students interests. Each reported speech AKA indirect speech is first shown indirect speech. The necessary changes are highlighted with different colours indirect speech sentence, which will clarify what is needed to change step by step.
Example Sentences of Reported Speech
Tom:″I saw our house on fire in my dream last night.″ >>> Tom said he had seen their house on fire in his dream the previous night.
John:″My sister has sprained her ankle because of her high heels many times. ″ >>> John said his sister had sprained her ankle because of her high heels many times.
My father:″Somebody is going to fall.″ >>> My father warns us that somebody is going to fall.
Eric: ″A lightning strike can cause a fire in a house. ″ >>> Eric tells/told us that a lightning strike can cause a fire in a house.
Mr Adam asked the boy:″Why are you crying?″ >>> Mr Adam asked the boy why he was crying.
Mr Adam asked me:″What happened to your brother?″ >>> Mr Adam asked me what had happened to my brother.
Kate:″Have you used a plaster?″ >>> Kate wanted to learn whether I had used a plaster.
My mother:″Be careful on these stairs!″ >>> My mother told me to be careful on those stairs.
My mother:″Be careful when you walk on these stairs!″ >>> My mother told me to be careful when I walked on those stairs.″
Kid’s mother:″Don't just dance!″ >>> Kid’s mother ordered her kids not to just dance.