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Reported Speech #1: Colombia
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Published: 3.01.2017
Level 3   |   Time: 1:20
Voice: Ben & Reggy (Amer/Can Accents)
Source: Listen in English

A listening activity to practice using reported (indirect) speech.

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  1. REVIEW the Grammar Structures.
  2. LISTEN to the audio above.
  3. ANSWER the questions.
  4. CHECK your answers

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Changing quoted to reported speech:

  1. Change the verb tense
    (It is fun. → He said it was fun.)
  2. Change the pronouns
    (I am excited. → She said she was excited.)
  3. Change time and place references
    (I came here yesterday. → He said he had come there the day before.)
  4. Change the word order → S+V (questions)
    (Why are you tired ? → She asked why he was tired.)
  5. Remove "do/does/did" (questions)
    (Why do you want to go? → He asked why she wanted to go.)
  6. For y/n questions, add "if/whether" (questions)
    (Is it expensive? → She asked if it was expensive.)

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Check ALL the possible ways to change the conversation into reported speech.

  1. Reggy
    Reggy asked how Ben's trip to Bogota had been.
    Reggy asked how was Ben's trip to Bogota.
    Reggy asked how was your trip to Bogota.

  2. Ben
    Ben said Reggy it had been great.
    Ben told Reggy it had been great.
    Ben told to Reggy it had been great.

  3. Ben
    Then Ben said I had seen beautiful places, met cool people and eaten great food.
    Then Ben said he had seen beautiful places, met cool people and eaten great food.
    Then Ben said they had seen beautiful places, met cool people and eaten great food.

  4. Reggy
    Reggy asked where he did go first.
    Reggy asked where he went first.
    Reggy asked where he had gone first.

  5. Ben
    Ben said he had gone to Bogota first.
    Ben said he had gone to Medellin first.
    Ben said he had gone to Cartegena first.

  6. Reggy
    Reggy asked that Bogota was the capital.
    Reggy asked if Bogota was the capital.
    Reggy asked which city was the capital.

  7. Ben
    Ben told Reggy that it had been the capital and largest city.
    Ben told Reggy that it was the capital and largest city.
    Ben told Reggy that it is the capital and largest city.

  8. Reggy
    Reggy asked how long did you stay there.
    Reggy asked how long he had stayed there.
    Reggy asked how long he had stayed there?

  9. Ben
    Ben told about four days.
    Ben said about four days.
    Ben told him about four days.

  10. Reggy
    Reggy asked where else he had gone.
    Reggy asked that where else he had gone.
    Reggy asked if where else he had gone.

  11. Ben
    Ben seemed to dislike Cali.
    Ben seemed to dislike Cartagena.
    Ben seemed to dislike Medellin.

  12. Reggy
    Reggy asked Ben what he had happened in Cartagena.
    Reggy asked Ben what had happened in Cartagena.
    Reggy asked Ben what Cartagena. had happened.

  13. Ben
    Ben admitted that he had partied too much.
    Ben complained that he had partied too much.
    Ben bragged that he had partied too much.

  14. Reggy
    Reggy asked if he had met some girls.
    Reggy asked where he had met some girls.
    Reggy asked when he had met some girls.

  15. Ben
    Ben said he couldn't tell me.
    Ben said he couldn't tell you.
    Ben said he couldn't tell him.

  16. Reggy
    Reggy wanted to know if his had improved Spanish
    Reggy wanted to know if his Spanish had improved.
    Reggy wanted to know if had his Spanish improved.

  17. Ben
    He said that he could understand more.
    He said that he was able to understand more.
    He said that he can understand more.

  18. Ben
    Then Ben told Reggy that he should go the following summer.
    Then Ben advised Reggy to go the following summer.
    Then Ben said you should go the following summer.

  19. Reggy
    Reggy said yes he would.
    Reggy said he would.
    Reggy that he could.

  20. Reggy
    Then Reggy asked where is he going to go next.
    Then Reggy asked where he would go next.
    Then Reggy asked where he was going to go next.

  21. Ben
    Ben said he would go back to Colombia.
    Ben said he might go back to Colombia.
    Ben said he should go back to Colombia.

  22. Reggy
    Reggy asked whether he could come.
    Reggy asked he could come.
    Reggy asked that could he come.

  23. Ben
    Ben agreed.
    Ben waffled.
    Ben outright rejected him.



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Hey Ben. So how was your trip to Colombia?

It was great. I saw a lot of beautiful places, met a lot of cool people and ate a lot of great food.

Oh really? Where did you go first?

I went to Bogota first.

Is Bogota the capital?

Yeah…. It’s the capitol city and the largest city in the country.

How long did you stay there?

I was only there for about 4 days.

Nice. So where else did you go?

I went to Medellin, Cali, and Cartagena but I enjoyed Medellin and Cali more.

Oh? What happened in Cartagena?

I partied too much and I lost my wallet one night.

That’s too bad. Sooo did you meet any girls?

Reggy. I can’t tell you that.

Ok ok. So did your Spanish get any better?

A lot better. I could speak a bit before I left, but now I can understand a lot more.

You should go next summer. I am sure you will love it.

Yeah… I think I will. Ok …cool. So where are you going to go next?

Probably Cuba. Or maybe I’ll just go back to Colombia again.

Can I come?

Well….