of Speech is an important aspect of verbal ability section as it
tests the candidate's knowledge of grammar, especially tenses. The
candidate's are required to convert the speech from direct to
indirect and vice versa. Direct Speech Direct
Speech is all about quoting or repeating the words in the exact form
as they are spoken. While writing direct speech, we place the spoken
words in between quotation marks i.e. (“ “). This may include
such conversations which are taking place at present and or have been
taken place before, but is being told now.
examples of Direct Speech are:-
said, “I'm going to come”.
an ant in my soup!” screamed Asha.
said to the child, “Do not disturb me”.
Indirect Speech Indirect
Speech (also termed as Reported Speech) is about communicating one
person's words to a third person, with a change in the word's tense.
There is no use of exact words and quotation marks in indirect
speech. Words such as 'said', 'told', 'that', 'asked', etc. are used.
examples of Indirect Speech are:-
said that he was going to come.
was speaking on the phone.
warned the child not to disturb him.
Direct and Indirect Speech Questions can be further of three types:-