Direct and Indirect Speech Interrogative Sentence Exercises

In this exercise, we will practice questioning sentences. In the Topic Direct and Indirect Speech Interrogative Sentence Exercises, we will get two types of questions.

The first is sentences starting with a helping verb. The Second is a sentence beginning with interrogative words.

Answer the exercises given below. After that, check your answer in the check your answers section.

Let us have a quick revision of the rules for direct and indirect speech interrogative sentence exercises. See the picture below-

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For any direct and indirect change, we need to make 5 changes like reporting verb, conjunction, pronoun, tense and nearness words. The three changes like the pronoun, tense and nearness words are common for every kind of sentences. However, the first two changes, like reporting verb and conjunction changes with the sentences. Let see the two changes we need to make.

There are two kinds of interrogative sentences-

  • Single Interrogative Sentence
  • Double Interrogative Sentence

Let us see these two kinds of sentences below-

Single Interrogative Sentences

Single interrogative sentences are those sentences which start with helping verbs. These kinds of sentences can be answered with Yes or No. Like –

He said, “Are you going to market?”

Changing these sentences into indirect speech, said to is changed into asked or inquired. And to connect reporting verb and reported speech, we use if/whether. Finally, make the sentence assertive after making other necessary changes.

So, the indirect for the above sentence is – He asked if I/he was going to market.

Double Interrogative Sentence

Double Interrogative Sentences are the kinds of sentences which start with Wh- words. not with helping verbs. They are not answered with Yes or No. Like-

He said, “Why are you going to market?”

We need to change said into asked. Since the sentence starts with the Wh- words, the Wh- word is used as a conjunction. Other common changes will also take place. The indirect sentence is –

He asked why I/he was going to market.

Now, let us move forward and solve the exercise given below.

Direct and Indirect Speech Interrogative Sentence Exercises – 1

Solve the direct and indirect speech interrogative sentence exercises given below. 

  1. Raja said to Mohan, “Are you going home today?”
  2. My friend said to me, “Will you not help me?”
  3. Shyam said to Dalip, “Did you eat mangoes?”
  4. Sima said to Meena, “Could you solve the question yesterday?”
  5. Hafiz said to Hanif,” Do you really want to leave this book?”
  6. Ram said to Raju, “Do you really want to leave this city?”

Check Your Answers

Check the direct and indirect speech interrogative sentence exercises with the answers given below. 

  1. Raja asked Mohan if he was going home that day.
  2. My friend asked me if I would not help him.
  3. Shyam asked Dalip if he had eaten mangoes.
  4. Sima asked Meena if she could solve the question the previous day.
  5. Hafiz asked Hanif if he really wanted to leave that book.
  6. Ram asked Raju if he really wanted to leave that city.

Explanation of the Answers

Now see the explanation of direct and indirect speech interrogative sentence exercises below.

Raja said to Mohan, “Are you going home today?”

  • Said to – asked (because it is an interrogative sentence)
  • Conjunction – if (because the sentence starts with helping verb and can be answered with yes/no.)
  • You – he (because the object Mahesh is the third person)
  • Are – was (because present tense is changed into past tense)
  • Today – that day (because it is a nearness word)

My friend said to me, “Will you not help me?”

  • Said to – asked (because it is an interrogative sentence)
  • Conjunction – if (because the sentence starts with helping verb and can be answered with yes/no.)
  • You – I (because the object me is first-person)
  • Will – would (because present tense is changed into past tense)
  • Me – him (because the subject  my friend is the third person)

Shyam said to Dalip, “Did you eat mangoes?”

  • Said to – asked (because it is an interrogative sentence)
  • Conjunction – if (because the sentence starts with helping verb and can be answered with yes/no.)
  • You – he (because the object Dalip is the third person)
  • Did – had (because past indefinite tense is changed into past perfect tense)

Hope, you are getting the explanation of the direct and indirect speech interrogative sentence exercises. If not, I request you to go above on the page and read the rules first. If yes, go ahead and see the next one.

Sima said to Meena, “Could you solve the question yesterday?”

  • Said to – asked (because it is an interrogative sentence)
  • Conjunction – if (because the sentence starts with helping verb and can be answered with yes/no.)
  • You – he (because the object Meena is the third person)
  • Could – could (because could is not changed)
  • Yesterday – the previous day or the day before (because it is a nearness word)

Hafiz said to Hanif,” Do you really want to leave this book?”

  • Said to – asked (because it is an interrogative sentence)
  • Conjunction – if (because the sentence starts with helping verb and can be answered with yes/no.)
  • You – he (because the object Hanif is the third person)
  • Do – did (because present tense is changed into past tense)
  • This – that (because it is a nearness word)

Ram said to Raju, “Do you really want to leave this city?”

  • Said to – asked (because it is an interrogative sentence)
  • Conjunction – if (because the sentence starts with helping verb and can be answered with yes/no.)
  • You – he (because the object Raju is the third person)
  • Do – did (because present tense is changed into past tense)
  • This – that (because it is a nearness word)

Direct and Indirect Speech Interrogative Sentence Exercises – 2

Solve the direct and indirect speech interrogative sentence exercises given below. 

  1. “Doesn’t he like to help me in this matter now?” asked my friend.
  2. They inquired, “Haven’t you helped him out of the way?”
  3. “Will you have dinner with me or not?” asked Shakhwat.
  4. “Did none of you complete the project?” the teacher wondered.
  5. The teacher said, “Students, is there any more question to ask in this chapter?”
  6. “Mother, won’t I go to school today?” said Arvind.

Check Your Answers

Check the direct and indirect speech interrogative sentence exercises with the answers given below. 

  1. My friend asked if he liked to help him in that matter then.
  2. They inquired if I hadn’t helped him out of the way.
  3. Shekhawat asked whether I would have dinner with him or not.
  4. The teacher wondered if none of us had completed the project.
  5. The teacher asked the students if there was some more question to ask in that chapter.
  6. Arvind asked his mother if he would not go to school that day.

Explanation of the Answers

Now see the explanation of direct and indirect speech interrogative sentence exercises below.

“Doesn’t he like to help me in this matter now?” asked my friend.

  • Said to – asked (because it is an interrogative sentence)
  • Conjunction – if (because the sentence starts with helping verb and can be answered with yes/no.)
  • He – he (because the subject my friend is the third person)
  • Me – him (because the subject my friend is the third person)
  • Does – did (because present tense is changed into past tense)
  • This – that (because it is a nearness word)
  • Now – then (because it is a nearness word)

They inquired, “Haven’t you helped him out of the way?”

  • Said to – asked (because it is an interrogative sentence)
  • Conjunction – if (because the sentence starts with helping verb and can be answered with yes/no.)
  • You – I/he (because the object is not there)
  • Have – had (because present tense is changed into past tense)

Hope, you are getting the explanation of the direct and indirect speech interrogative sentence exercises. If not, I request you to go above on the page and read the rules first. If yes, go ahead and see the next one.

“Will you have dinner with me or not?” asked Shekhawat.

  • Said to – asked (because it is an interrogative sentence)
  • Conjunction – if (because the sentence starts with helping verb and can be answered with yes/no.)
  • You – I/he (because the object is not there)
  • Will – would (because present tense is changed into past tense)
  • Me – him (because the subject Shekhawat is the third person)

“Did none of you complete the project?” the teacher wondered.

  • Said to – asked (because it is an interrogative sentence)
  • Conjunction – if (because the sentence starts with helping verb and can be answered with yes/no.)
  • You – us/them (because there is no object)
  • Did – had (because present tense is changed into past tense)

The teacher said, “Students, is there any more question to ask in this chapter?”

  • Said to – asked (because it is an interrogative sentence)
  • Conjunction – if (because the sentence starts with helping verb and can be answered with yes/no.)
  • There – there (because it is a third-person)
  • Is – was (because present tense is changed into past tense)
  • This – that (because it is a nearness word)

“Mother, won’t I go to school today?” said Arvind.

  • Said to – asked (because it is an interrogative sentence)
  • Conjunction – if (because the sentence starts with helping verb and can be answered with yes/no.)
  • I – he (because the subject Arvind is the third person)
  • Will – would (because present tense is changed into past tense)
  • Today – that day (because it is a nearness word)

Hope, you have got the direct and indirect speech interrogative sentence exercises. If no, I request you to go above on the page and read the rules first. And then try again.

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8 thoughts on “Direct and Indirect Speech Interrogative Sentence Exercises”

  1. Answer no 3 is wrong in pronoun, I guess , please correct me if I am wrong.
    Shouldn’t the correct answer be :
    Shyam asked Dalip if he had eaten mangoes.

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  2. Wow! It was helpful. I got the concept well & I want more like this to practise for my examinations but there was an error in pronoun in ans no. 3.

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