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Odd and Miscellaneous Sentences

Sometime we find honorary words, salutations, greetings, slang words and pharases like Sir, Madam, Good morning, Good bye, Congratulations, well, Thank you etc in sentences. When we try to change the narration of such diverse sort of sentences it looks chaotic and irksome. So some such type of sentences, their complications and their rules of conversion are stated below.

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Some Alternates for Odd Expression
Odd Expression Solution
He said,"Thank you" He thanked me and told that...
He said,"Good morning" He greeted / wished me good morning and told that...
He said,"Good evening" He bade me good evening and told that...
He said,"Good night" He bade me good night and told that...
He said,"Good day" He greeted / wished me good day and told that...
He said,"Good bye" He bade me good morning and told that...
He said,"Congratulations" He congratulated me and told that...
He said,"Happy birthday to you" He wished / greeted me birthday and told that...
He said,"John, come here." He called / addressed me with my name and ordered to come there.
He said to me,"Sir, I shall help you." He told me respectfully / with respect that he would help me.
He said to me,"Madam, I shall help you." He told me respectfully / with respect that he would help me.
He said,"Liar" He called / addressed me liar and told that...
He said,"Joker, Where are you?" He called / addressed me joker and asked where I was.
He said,"Well, it is my new house." He said / told that it was his new house.
He said,"All right, I shall manage the rest." He said / told that he would manage the rest.
Coach said to the players,"Well done, you have played well." He encouraged the players and told that they had played well.
Son said,"Dear mother, you have done a lot for me." Son told her mother with love that she had done a lot for him.
He said,"Yes, it is my fault." He told / said that it was his fault.
    OR
He said in affirmative that it was his fault.
    OR
He noded that it was his fault.
He said,"No, it is not my fault." He told / said that it was not his fault.
    OR
He said in negative that it was his fault.

Rules of Conversion:-  To convert these sentences into indirect narration following instructions must be observed.

  • Change said according to above stated words or pharases.
  • Replace inverted commas with conjunction 'that' in indirect speech.
  • Change pronouns of reported speech according to rules stated in change of pronouns lesson.
  • Change tenses of reported speech according to rules stated in change of tenses lesson.
  • Generally we remove Well, All right, Yes and No from indirect speech.
  • In legal language we replace Yes with 'in the affirmative' and No with 'in the negative' in reported specch.
Model Sentences
Direct Speech Indirect Speech
1. My brother said to me,"Congratulation, you have won lottery." My brother congratulated me and told that I had won lottery.
2. My father said to me,"Fool, do it in a right way." My father considered me fool / called me fool and ordered to do it in a right way.
3. Student said to principal,"Sir, I had been absent since last week." Student told principal respectfully that he had been absent since previous week.
4.He said to me,"Good morning!." He greeted / wished me good morning.
5.He said to me,"Good hight, I shall see you in the morning." He bade me good night and told that he would see me in the morning.
How to prepare IELTS for 8+ bands
Exercise No.16
Change the voice.
  • He said to me,”Thank you,I shall handle this problem.”
  • The coach said to the players,”Congratulations,You have won the match comprehensively.”
  • The boy said to his father,"Good morning,I shall join my new job today."
  • The boy said to his father,"Good bye,We shall reunite in Murree."
  • He said to his teacher,"Sir,I shall work hard in future."
  • He said,"Well,You have broken my table."
  • He said to me,"Ali right,I shall tackle this matter."
  • He said to his boss,"Sir,You should accept this challenge."
  • She said to her mother,"Dear mother,we have sold our new house."
  • Ali said to him,"Liar,You should not have told a lie."
  • He said to his friend,"Good day,we shall visit murree today."
  • The passengers said,"Good bye,we are leaving this city."
  • He said to me,"Joker,why are you making faces."
  • The boys said,"Dear uncle,thank you for your appreciation."
  • The servant said,"Sir,Good bye,I am leaving your job."
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