2.Rules for Changing Pronoun, Person, Tenses and Adverbs

By | August 7, 2020
Rules for Changing Pronoun, Person, Tenses and Adverbs

Direct and Indirect speech is directly not asked in class 9 and 10 in CBSE Board but reported speech is not out of syllabus. It can be asked in gap-filling as giving the right verb forms. So learning direct and indirect speech rules is very necessary. Considering this Edumantra is providing reported speech rules and direct and indirect speech examples in a very easy and convenient manner followed by direct and indirect speech exercises for a nice practice. Learning direct indirect speech rules is not difficult as they are based on tenses. Narration rules given on Edumantra are convenient for all classes. It gives a deep insight of all like sentences like an assertive sentence, interrogative, imperative sentences, exclamatory as well as the optative sentence. Go through these narration exercises with reported speech examples. Narration change will be easy with Edumantra.net. Practice these direct indirect speech exercise and be full of knowledge.


(A)Change in Pronouns:

A sentence of Direct Speech has two parts. The part before the inverted commas is called Reporting Verb and the part within the inverted commas is called Reported Speech. When a direct sentence is changed into an indirect one, the pronouns of the Reported Speech change according to the reporting verb. The following rules should be kept in mind :

(i)The pronouns of the 1st person are changed according to the subject of the Reporting Verb.

(ii) The pronouns of the IInd person are changed according to the object of the Reporting Verb.

 (iii) The pronouns of the IIIrd person of the Direct Speech are not changed at all.

The following diagram will make it clear:

S              O              N                      

I               II               III     (No change)


 Here:            S = Subject                      I = First person

                      O = Object                      II = Second person

                      N = No change              III= Third person

For different kinds of pronouns, please study the following chart carefully.

Persons of PronounsNominative CasePossessive CaseObjective Case
First Person
SingularImy, mineMe
PluralsweOur, Oursus
Second PersonYou, thouYou’re, thineYou, thee
Third Person
SingularsHe, She, itHis, her, itsHim, her, it

(b) Change of the adverbials of time and place or some other words:

Hence, herebythence, thereby
todaythat day
tomorrowthe next day, the following day
yesterdaythe previous day, the day before
tonightthat night

(c) Change in Tenses :

(i) If the reporting verb is in the Present or Future tense, the tense of the Direct Speech does not change: He says, “I am going to Delhi.” He says that he is going to Delhi.

 (ii) When the reporting verb is in the past tense, the tense of the direct speech changes as follows:

Present SimpleSimple Past
Present ContinuousPast Continuous
Present PerfectPast Perfect
Present Perfect Continuous Past Perfect Continuous
Simple Past Past Perfect
Past Continuous Past Perfect Continuous
FutureConditional (would/should)
Future ContinuousConditional continuous (would/should + be + verb + ing)
Future PerfectConditional Perfect (would/should + have + III form)
Future Perfect ContinuousConditional Perfect Continuous
Can Could


(i)The Present simple, when stating a general truth, does not change.

 The teacher said, “The sun rises in the east.” The teacher said that the sun rises in the east.

 (ii) Imaginary conditions (If …. were clauses) do not change :

 He said, “If my son were here, I would be very happy

He said that if his son were there, he would be very happy.

(d) Change of Must:

(i) When must indicates future necessity or compulsion, it changes into the conditional :

 He said, “I must leave tomorrow.”

 He said that he would have to leave the next day.

(ii) For immediate necessity, the must is changed into had to :

 She said, “I must go home now.”

She said that she had to go home then.

(iii) When must indicates permanent rule, prohibition, etc., it does not change:

The Principal said, “Students mustn’t smoke in the class.”

 The Principal said that the students mustn’t smoke in the class.

Different Types of Sentences in the Direct Speech.

There are the following four kinds of sentences in the Direct Speech:

 (a) Statements.

(b) Questions (Interrogative Sentences)

 (c) Imperative sentences.

(d) Exclamations.

Want to Learn More:-


1. Introduction and General Rules

3. Rules for Changing Assertive/Statements

4. Rules for Changing Interrogative/ Questions

5. Rules for Changing Imperative Sentences

Narration Exercises

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