Learn how to use Reported Commands and Requests in English with examples.
Reported Commands and Requests
- Reported Orders, Commands and Requests are formed using the to-infinitive and not to-infinitive.
- The reporting verbs for the orders/ commands/ requests are: order, shout, demand, warn, beg, command, tell, insist, beseech, threaten, implore, ask, propose, forbid…
- When we change from direct to indirect speech, the pronoun and tense changes that are also needed.
Direct speech: “Open the door!”
Reported speech: He ordered me to open the door.
Direct speech: “Don’t answer the phone.”
Reported speech: She told me not to answer the phone.
Direct speech: “Don’t be back late.”
Reported speech: He ordered me not to be back late.
Direct speech: He said to me “Come with me.”
Reported speech: He told me to go with him.
Direct speech: He said to me, “Don’t lie to me.”
Reported speech: He told me not to lie to him.
Direct speech: “Turn the music down! I’m trying to get to sleep.“
Reported speech: He told us to turn the music down as he was trying to get to sleep.
Direct speech: “I think you should leave now. It’s very late.”
Reported speech: She ordered us to leave as it was very late.