Efi File Test 8 - Grammar Quiz: Reported Speech Challenge

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Efi File Test 8 - Grammar Quiz: Reported Speech Challenge - Quiz

Put your grammar skills to the test with our EFI File Test 8 - Grammar Quiz, focusing on the "Correct Form Of The Verb In Brackets" quiz. In this quiz, we'll challenge your understanding of reported speech, one of the essential aspects of English grammar.

Test your knowledge by identifying the correct verb forms in reported speech sentences. Can you accurately transform direct speech into reported speech while maintaining proper verb tense? This quiz will help you sharpen your skills and gain confidence in using reported speech effectively. Dive in and see if you can master this crucial aspect of Read moreEnglish grammar!


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    ‘We’re having a sale next week.’  They told us they ________ a sale the following week.

    Explanation
    The given correct answer is "were having". This is because the original statement "We're having a sale next week" is in the present continuous tense, indicating an action that is planned or scheduled to happen in the future. Therefore, when reporting this statement, we use the past continuous tense "were having" to convey the same meaning.

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  • 2. 

    ‘Don’t waste your money in that shop!’ The man told us ________ waste our money in that shop.

    Explanation
    The correct answer is "not to". In the given sentence, the man is advising or warning the speaker not to waste their money in that shop. The phrase "not to" is used to express a negative command or advice, indicating that the speaker should refrain from doing something. In this case, the man is telling the speaker not to waste their money, emphasizing the idea of avoiding that particular action.

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  • 3. 

    ‘I’ve bought some new jeans.’ She told me that she________ some new jeans.

    Explanation
    The given correct answer is "had bought,'d bought". This is because the original sentence is in the past tense, indicating that the action of buying the jeans happened before the conversation took place. "Had bought" and "'d bought" are both past perfect forms, which are used to indicate an action that occurred before another past action.

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  • 4. 

    ‘We may not have it in stock.’ The shop assistant said they ________ have it in stock.

    Explanation
    The correct answer is "might not". This is because the phrase "might not" is used to express uncertainty or possibility, indicating that the shop assistant is unsure whether they have the item in stock.

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  • 5. 

    ‘I’ll give you a lift.’ He said he ________ ________ give me a lift.

    Explanation
    The correct answer is "would" or "'d" because it is the correct form of the auxiliary verb "will" in reported speech. When reporting someone's words, we often change the verb tense to reflect the past. In this case, "will" changes to "would" or "'d" in informal speech.

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  • 6. 

    ‘I must be home by 6 p.m.’  He said he ________ be home by 6 p.m.

    Explanation
    The statement "I must be home by 6 p.m." indicates a strong obligation or necessity for the person to be home at that specific time. The phrase "had to" accurately reflects this sense of obligation or necessity, as it implies that there is no other choice or option for the person but to be home by 6 p.m.

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  • 7. 

    ‘Are you watching the football?’ My neighbour asked us ________ we were watching the football.

    Explanation
    The correct answer is "whether". In this context, "whether" is used to introduce a direct question and is often used when there are two or more possibilities. It is commonly used to ask about someone's preferences or choices. In this case, the neighbour is asking if the speaker is watching the football or not.

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  • 8. 

    ‘We interviewed 20 candidates today.’  They said they ________ 20 candidates that day.

    Explanation
    The correct answer is "had interviewed". This is because the verb tense needs to match in both sentences, and "had interviewed" is the past perfect tense of the verb "interview". It indicates that the action of interviewing the candidates had already been completed before the time frame mentioned in the first sentence.

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  • 9. 

    ‘What are your names?’  He asked us what our names ________.

    Explanation
    The correct answer is "were." In reported speech, when we report a question, we change the tense of the verb from present to past. In this case, the original question was "What are your names?" and when reported, it becomes "He asked us what our names were."

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  • 10. 

    ‘Have you been to New York?’ She asked me if I ________ to New York.

    Explanation
    The question is in the past perfect tense, indicating an action that happened before a certain point in the past. The correct answer "had been" matches the tense and correctly completes the sentence, indicating that the speaker is asking if the person had previously visited New York.

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