Reported Commands and Requests in English

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, warnbeg, 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.

Examples:

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.

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Reported Commands and Requests in English

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