Reported Speech Commands

You will study how to report an order or command


Reported Speech Commands

Culture of India

A lady playing the tanpura, ca.1735, Fuente: Metropolitan Museum of Art (2012), Wikimedia Commons.

Instructions: Read the text. Look at the words in bold.

The teacher told the students to write a short essay about the Culture of India. What did you write?

I wrote about Indian cultural history which spans more than 4,50 years. During the Vedi period (c. 1700 – 500 BCE), the foundations of Hindu philosophy, mythology, theology and literature were laid, and many beliefs and practices which still exist today, such as dhárma, kárma, yóga, and moksa, were established.

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Getting started: Indian literature

Instructions: Read the text to do the activity suggested.

The earliest literary writings in India, composed between 1700 BCE and 120 CE, were in the Sanskrit language. Prominent works of this Sanskrit literature include epics such as the Mahábhárata and the Ramayana, the dramas of Kálidása such as The Recognition of Saintalá, and poetry such as the Mahákávya. Kamasutra the famous book about sexual intercourse also originated in India.

India. Retrieved and adapted May, 2017 from

Literary writings

Instructions: Match the two halves of the sentences.

a) include epics such as the Mahábhárata and the Ramayana, the dramas of Kálidása.

b) to talk about Kamasutra, the famous book about sexual intercourse that was also originated in India.

c) that were composed between 1700 BCE and 120 CE, were in the Sanskrit language.

He asked the students to write about the earliest literary writings in India

I reminded my mates prominent works of this Sanskrit literature such as The Recognition of Saintalá, and poetry such as the Mahákávya

A friend of mine invited me

Let’s find out how to form Reported Speech Commands.

Instructions: Read about Reported Speech Commands.

  • - When someone tells us very directly to do something, we call this an order. For example:

    Direct speech: “Study hard for the exam”

  • The structure of this kind of sentences is: Subject (who gives the command) + verb (past tense)+subject (who receives the command) +verb (infinitive form)+ complement

  • - We make this into reported speech in the same way as a request. We just use “tell” instead of “ask”:

    Reported speech: The teacher told me to study hard for the exam.

Look at some other examples:

Direct OrderReported Order
“Give me the report”He told the students to give him the report.
“Be on time!”He advised them to be on time.
“Don't use your cell phones”He ordered us not to use our cell phones.


The school system

Instructions: Change the following direct orders to Reported Speech commands.

    The government: “The school system in India must have four levels: lower primary (age 6 to 10), upper primary (11 and 12), high (13 to 15) and highersecondary (17 and 18)”.

  1. It ordered the school system in India to .
  2. The government: “The school systems in India must have four levels: the lower primary school must be divided into five “standards”, upper primary school into two, hich school into three and higher secondary into two.

  3. It instructed the school systems in India to .
  4. The government: “Students have to learn a common curriculum largely (except for regional changes in mother tonghe) till the end of high school.

  5. It urged students to .
  6. The government: “Students throughout the country have to learn three languages (namely, English, Hindi and their mother tongue) except in regions where Hindi is the mother tongue.

  7. They advised students to .
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Exclusive Schools

Instructions: Fill in the blanks with the correct form of the verb in parenthesis.

In addition to the school system, it was instructed the small number of schools (follow) foreign curricula such as the so-called Senior Cambridge. Some of these schools were also instructed (offer) the students the opportunity to sit for the ICSE examinations. These are usually very expensive residential schools where some of the Indians working abroad send their children. They were advised (have) fabulous infrastructure, low student-teacher ratio and very few students. Many of them were urged (have) teachers from abroad. There are also other exclusive schools such as the Doon School in Dehradun that were forbidden (take) a lot of students, but charge exorbitant fees.

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Sixteenth Century Indian Music

Instructions: Fill in the blanks with the appropriate form of the verb in parenthesis to make Reported Speech sentences.

They asked people (remember) that by the sixteenth century, the distinction between North Indian (Hindustani) and South Indian (Carnatic) music had also being more sharply delineated. They also encouraged them (consider) that in the eighteenth century South Indian musicians were to show themselves as being quite adept in adopting foreign instruments. They reminded people (think) that sometime in the mid-eighteenth century, the violin entered the repertoire of South Indian music, an instrument which in the late twentieth century has a dazzling array of extraordinarily brilliant performers. They invited them (have in mind) that Classical music, both Hindustani and Carnatic, might be either instrumental or vocal: the connoisseurs of music maintain, as one might expect, that the vocalists represent the music in its greatest glory, but instrumental music has at least just as large a following. Though traditionally this music would have been performed in temples, courts, residences of noblemen and other patrons, and in small gatherings (called baithaks) of music aficionados, today most classical music concerts are held in concert halls.

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