Imperative Reported Speech: When studying English grammar, the candidate needs to have all the knowledge about imperative reported speech. By doing so, they will be able to construct sentences in a much better way. Imperative sentences in reported speech are used to give commands. In this blog, you will read about imperative reported speech which will help you learn about this concept.
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What is An Imperative Sentence?
An imperative sentence is a type of sentence that gives commands or makes requests. These sentences usually take the form of the subjectless verb. The tone is often forceful, commanding and direct.
Also Read: Imperative Sentence Passive Voice
What is Imperative Reported Speech?
Imperative in reported speech is a little bit different from regular sentences. They are generally used when one gives orders and we can also use them to make requests.
In imperatives, we use “ask/tell somebody to do something.”
Reported speech imperatives differ in structure from other reported speech sentences. Some imperatives including examples are given here:
Commands: Keep low!
Requests: Please close the gate
Advice: Move and lie down
Suggestions: Take the pill the next day instead
Below given examples below show how imperative is used in reported speech.
Imperative: “Come here.”
Reported Speech: She told me to come here.
Imperative Reported Speech with Verb from Direct to Indirect Speech
An imperative sentence always indicates a command, advice or a request. Therefore, we must use appropriate verbs according to advice, command or request. Here is a list of verbs used to change direct speech into indirect speech as provided in the table below:
|Verbs of Request
|Request, Ask, beg, desire, entreat, pray, implore, solicit
|Verbs of Advice
|Exhort, Urge, Persuade and Advice
|Verbs of Command
|Order, tell, command bid, change, require. (‘Forbid’) is the negative verb of command.
|The most used Verbs include:
|Ask and tell
Another main key point in ‘tell’ is often used to express a ‘command’, ‘order’ or ‘request’. Therefore, it is safe to use ‘tell’ in the indirect form when there is doubt about a proper word to introduce a reported speech.
Imperative Reported Speech Exercise 1
Change the following sentences into indirect speech.
- My brother said, “Would you like to have tea with me?”
- He said to his teacher, “Please explain this poem to me.”
- “Come quickly”, he shouted, “and help me as I am in grave danger.”
- The saint said to the pupils, “Be quiet and listen to me carefully.”
- “Be punctual from tomorrow,” my teacher said, “otherwise I will complain to the Principal.”
Imperative Reported Speech Exercise 2
Rewrite each sentence into reported speech.
- Grandma said to me, “Please fetch my glasses.”
- The librarian said to us, “Return the books in a month.”
- I said to the agent, ”Please book two tickets for America.”
- Andrew said, ”I’ll have a chicken sandwich and some coffee.”
- He said, ”Fasten your seat belts.”
Check Your Answers:
- Grandma asked me to kindly fetch her glasses.
- The librarian told us to return the books in a month.
- I requested the agent to book two tickets for America.
- Andrew asked for a chicken sandwich and some coffee.
- He asked us to fasten our seat belts.
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An example of an imperative in a reported speech are:
He instructed me to keep quiet.
The driver asked me to close the window of the bus.
To report an imperative, one can do so by using an infinitive along with a reporting verb. These will include tell, order instruct, win or direct.
In imperative speech, the sentence that expresses an advice, request or order is called an imperative speech.