Problems on Change of Speech

In “Change of Speech” type of verbal ability questions. The question is given in Direct or Indirect speech and is followed by four options. You are required to choose one option which best expresses the given question in Indirect or Direct speech.

Solved “Change of Speech” verbal ability questions:


1) They said, “We have lived in this city for many years.”

  1. They said they have lived in this city for many years.
  2. They said that they had lived in this city for many years.
  3. They said they lived in this city for many years.
  4. They said they have been living in this city for many years.

2) The teacher told Maria that she was not working hard.

  1. The teacher says to Maria, “You are not working hard.”
  2. The teacher said to Maria, “You are not working hard.”
  3. The teacher said Maria, “You are not working hard.”
  4. The teacher said to Maria,” She is not working hard.”

3) Her mother ordered her to go to the kitchen and cook food.

  1. Her mother said,”Go to the kitchen and cook food.”
  2. Her mother said her, “Go to the kitchen and cook food.”
  3. Her mother tells,”Go to the kitchen and cook food.”
  4. Her mother asked,” Go to the kitchen and cook food.”

4) He said that his sister was getting married.

  1. He said, “His sister is getting married.”
  2. He said, “My sister was getting married.”
  3. He told, “His sister was getting married.”
  4. He said, “My sister is getting married.”

5) The mother said,”Who dare call you a cheater?”

  1. The mother told that who dared call her a cheater.
  2. The mother asked who called her a cheater.
  3. The mother enquired who dared call her a cheater.
  4. The mother said that who dare call her a cheater.

6) Diana said that she was sick and tired of that job.

  1. Diana said, “I was sick and tired of this job.”
  2. Diana said,” She is sick and tired of that job.”
  3. Diana said,” She was sick and tired of that job.”
  4. Diana said, “I am sick and tired of this job.”

7) “Are you sad, my son?” asked a soft voice close behind me.

  1. A soft voice close behind me asked if I was sad.
  2. A soft voice asked that if I was sad.
  3. A soft voice asked if I was sad.
  4. A soft voice behind I asked if I was sad.

8) He said to her, “Why don’t you work today?”

  1. He told her why she did not work that day.
  2. He asked her why she did not work that day.
  3. He said to her why she did not work that day.
  4. He inquired her why she was not working that day.

9) Ram exclaimed with joy that India had won the World Cup.

  1. Ram said, “India has won the World Cup.”
  2. Ram said, “Hurrah! India has won the World Cup.”
  3. Ram said, “India won the World Cup.”
  4. Ram said, “Hurrah! India had won the World Cup.”

10) The little boy said to her father, “Did the sun rise in the East?”

  1. The little boy asked her father if the sun rose in the East.
  2. The little boy told her father if the sun rose in the East.
  3. The little boy asked her father if the sun rises in the East.
  4. The little boy asked her father if the sun had risen in the East.

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