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  • Chapter 13. Narration (Cont'd...)


    13.5 Imperative sentence

    Direct: I said to him, “Go home at once.”
    Indirect: I told (advised) him to go home at once.

    Direct: He said to me, “Do not run in the sun.”
    Indirect: He told/advised me not to run in the sun. Or, he forbade me to run in the sun.

    Direct: He said to me, “Please give me a glass of water.”
    Indirect: He requested me to give him a glass of water.

    Direct: I said to my teacher, “ Excuse me, sir.”
    Indirect: I begged my teacher to excuse me.

    Direct: I said to him, “Let us do the sum.”
    Indirect: I proposed (or suggested) to him that we should do the sum.

    Direct: He said, “Let me come in sir.”
    Indirect: He requested that he might be allowed to come in.

    Direct: The girl said to her mother, “ Let me have a toy.”
    Indirect: The girl requested her mother that she might have a toy.

    Direct: I told to my friend, “Let me go.”
    Indirect: I asked my friend to let me go.

    13.6 Optative sentence

    Direct: My mother said to me, “May God bless you.”
    Indirect: My mother wished that God might bless me.

    Direct: Her grandmother said to her, “May you live long.”
    Indirect: Her grandmother wished that she might live long.

    Direct: God save the Prime Minister.
    Indirect: We pray that God may save the Prime Minister.

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