Reported speech key word sentence transformations

FCE Use of English Part Four

Complete the second sentence so that it has a similar meaning to the first sentence, using the word given. Do not change the word given. You must use between two and five words, including the word given.

1. They say that the new rollercoaster is absolutely terrifying.

 

SAID

 

The new rollercoaster __________________________________ absolutely terrifying.

 

2. Robert said he would not pay me back.

 

REPAY

 

Robert refused _________________________________________________ money.

 

3. I think it would be a good idea for you to move closer to work. .
SUGGEST

I ________________________________________________________ closer to work.

 

4. “It was Petra who stole it!” said Martine.

 

ACCUSED

 

Martine ______________________________________________________ stealing it.

 

5. Paula said it had been my fault that we didn’t get their business.

 

BLAMED

 

Paula ___________________________________ fact that we didn’t get their business.

 

6. “What is the weight of the cake?” the customer asked.

 

HOW

 

The customer asked _________________________________________________ was.

 

7. “Would it be possible to borrow your dictionary, please?” said Juanes.

 

LEND

 

Juanes asked if I _______________________________________________ dictionary.

 

8. “Can my son try out this skateboard?” Adam asked the shopkeeper.

 

COULD

 

Adam asked the shopkeeper _______________________________ out the skateboard.

 

9. “We don’t think the wall will stop the flooding,” the mayor announced.

 

DOUBTED

 

The mayor announced that she _______________________________ stop the flooding.

 

10. Paddy said he would not thank me and just walked out.

 

REFUSED

 

Paddy ____________________________________ thank you to me and just walked out.

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Answers

OR means two or more answers are possible. / divides the two points for each question. You must have exactly the words on that side of the / to get that point. If names are included, you must have those names (to actually keep the meaning the same as the original sentence). Note that all answers should be written in just capital letters in the real exam.

1. They say that the new rollercoaster is absolutely terrifying.

 

The new rollercoaster __is said/ to be _______________________ absolutely terrifying.

 

2. Robert said he would not pay me back.

 

Robert refused __________to/ repay my ______________________________ money.

 

3. I think it would be a good idea for you to move closer to work. .

I _______suggest / moving OR that you move ___________________ closer to work.

 

4. “It was Petra who stole it!” said Martine.

 

Martine ________ accused Petra/ of ________________________________ stealing it.

 

5. Paula said it had been my fault that we didn’t get their business.

 

Paula ___ blamed me/ for the _________________ fact that we didn’t get their business.

 

6. “What is the weight of the cake?” the customer asked.

 

The customer asked ____ how heavy/ the cake __________________________ was.

 

7. “Would it be possible to borrow your dictionary, please?” said Juanes.

 

Juanes asked if I ___could lend/ him my __________________________ dictionary.

 

8. “Can my son try out this skateboard?” Adam asked the shopkeeper.

 

Adam asked the shopkeeper _________if his son OR whether his son/ could try _____________ out the skateboard.

 

9. “We don’t think the wall will stop the flooding,” the mayor announced.

 

The mayor announced that she _doubted if OR doubted whether/ the wall would __________________________________ stop the flooding.

 

10. Paddy said he would not thank me and just walked out.

 

Paddy _________ refused to/ say ___________ thank you to me and just walked out.

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2 Responses to Reported speech key word sentence transformations

  1. my hanh says:

    Thank you for sharing useful exercises

  2. Silvia Capetillo A. says:

    Excellent exercise. Very useful!

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