Direct and Indirect Speech Exercises For Class 8 [PDF Available]

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Direct and Indirect Speech for Class 8: This concept of direct and indirect speech is one of the most fundamental topics in English Vocabulary. Language is used to convey one’s thoughts and feelings, therefore, one must understand the importance of direct and indirect speech. Do you wish to improve your English learning skills? Then you have come to the right place. We have compiled this blog, especially for Class 8 students. 

In this blog, you will get to learn about what direct and indirect speech for class 8 and how they should be used in sentences. 

What is Direct Speech?

Direct Speech is a sentence where the speaker’s exact words are reproduced in speech marks (also known as quotation marks or inverted commas). 

Here are some of the formulas of direct speech.

Simple Present Tense:

(Subject +Verb + Object),

Present continuous and Present Perfect Tense:

(Subject +is/am/are+Verb +ing+ Object) and

(Subject + has/have+Verb+Object) respectively.


  1. Marie said, “I’ll come back in 15 minutes.”
  2. Ram said, “You must give men another opportunity.”
  3. She said,” I wish I were that rich.”
  4. My mother said to me, “May you get well soon.”
  5. She said to me, “May you live long.”

Also Read: Reported Speech Rules with Tips and Exercises for Students

What is Indirect Speech?

Indirect speech is when it tells you what someone said but does not use the person’s actual words. 

Here are some formulas for indirect speech:

Past Simple Tense did + V1 V2

Past Progressive Tense was /were + V4

Past Perfect Tense had + V3


  1. I told her I was not very happy at work.
  2. They told us they were going back to their village.
  3. She said she had been working out at the gym.
  4. He said that Julia would be late at work.

Also Read: Direct and Indirect Speech: Comprehensive Guide with Exercises 

Direct and Indirect Speech For Class 8

Now that we have talked about both direct and indirect speech. The students need to practice and test their knowledge. Moving ahead, we have compiled a few exercises on direct and indirect speech for Class 8 students. Have a look at them. 

Direct and Indirect Speech Exercise 1

Convert the following sentences from direct to indirect speech.

  1. Direct: He said, “I am going to the park.” 
  2. Direct: “I have completed my homework,” said Marie.
  3. Direct: “It’s raining outside,” she said.
  4. Direct: “We will visit the church tomorrow,” they told us. 
  5. Direct: “I love waffles,” he exclaimed.

Check Your Answers:

  1. He said he was going to the park.
  2. Marie said she had completed her homework.
  3. She said that it was raining outside.
  4. They told us that they would visit the church tomorrow.
  5. He exclaimed that he loved waffles.

Also Read: Tenses Rules: Charts, Examples, Types [PDF Available]

Direct and Indirect Speech Exercise 2

Rewrite the following paragraph into indirect speech.

Direct: “I can’t come to the party,” Julia said. “I have a nail appointment. Andrew won’t be able to make it either. He’s stuck in traffic. But we hope you all have a fantastic time.”


Julia said that she couldn’t come to the party as she had a nail appointment. She also mentioned that Andrew wouldn’t be able to make it as he was stuck in traffic. However, they hoped that everyone would have a fantastic time.

Also Check: Direct and Indirect Speech Exercises


How do I change a sentence from indirect speech to direct speech?

Simply use the reporting verb, “say” or “said” in its correct tense. Make sure you remove the conjunctions such as “that”, “if”, “to” and “whether”. Lastly, insert quotation marks, question marks, exclamation and full stop.

What is the formula of direct speech?

For simple present tense, the formula is (Subject +V1st + Object). While the formula for Present continuous and Present perfect the formula can be (Subject +is/am/are+V1 +ing+ Object) and (Subject + has/have+V3+Object) respectively.

What are the two clauses of direct speech?

The clauses of direct speech are the reporting clause and the reported clause.

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