Reported Speech with 'Say' and 'Tell' and How to use sequence of tenses6 Topics|7 Quizzes
Say and Tell
Reporting Present Tenses
Reporting Past Tenses
Reporting Perfect Tenses
Reporting Future Tenses
Reporting with Modals
- Say and Tell
Reported Questions with 'Ask'2 Topics|3 Quizzes
Reported Requests and Commands3 Topics|4 Quizzes
Reported Speech with Other Verbs and Structures5 Topics|6 Quizzes
Verb + [that] + report
Verb + infinitive
Verb + gerund
Verb + someone + (not) to
Verb + [that] + someone + (not) verb in simple form
- Verb + [that] + report
What is a command?
With a command, we tell someone to do something.
To form a command we use the simple form of the verb.
Here are some examples:
“Open the door!”
“Put the dishes in the dishwasher.”
“Remember to put the parcel outside.”
For a negative command, add the auxiliary ‘don’t’ to the beginning of the sentence.
“Don’t forget to call your mother.”
“Don’t eat those cookies! They are for later.”
“Don’t turn the computer off. I’m still working on it.”
How do we report commands?
We use the verb told to report commands, and follow this structure:
Subject + told + object (receiver of the command) + to + verb + command.
To report a negative command, add ‘not’ before ‘to’:
Subject + told + object + not to + verb + command.
“Eat your broccoli!”
The mother told her child to eat his broccoli.
“Don’t touch this wall. The paint is drying.”
She told us not to touch that wall because the paint was drying.
If you’re ready, let’s test your understanding with a mini quiz!