Saturday, December 15, 2012

Narration practice for HSC Exam



Narration/Speech



1.Rewrite the following sentences in the reported speech.

The teacher said to the boy, "Why do you make a noise in the class? You are not attentive to your lessons." "Sorry, sir," said the boy. "I was asking for a pen to my friend." "Be attentive and listen to what I say."

Changing the form of speech:

The teacher asked the boy why he made a noise in the class. He (t) added that he (b) was not attentive to his (b) lessons. The boy respectfully said that he was sorry. He also said that he had been asking his friend for a pen. The teacher told him to be attentive and listen to what he (t) said.

2.Rewrite the following sentences in the reported speech.

"You look a little bit like my mother," he said, "especially in the dark by the fire." "But you were only four, Jerry, when you came here." "Have you remembered how she looked all these years? said the authoress. "My mother lives in Mannvile," said he.

Changing the form of speech:

Jerry said that she looked a little bit like his mother especially in the dark by the fire. The authoress told Jerry that he had been only four when he had gone there and also asked him if he had remembered all those years how she had looked. He added that his mother lived in Mannvile.

3.Rewrite the following sentences in the reported speech.

"Have you ever been to Cox's Bazar?" asked Mobarak. "No, I have never gone there," replied Linkon. "But I long for visiting the place." "I had an opportunity to visit the sea beach last year," said Mobarak. "How charming the scenery is!"

Changing the form of speech:

Mobarak asked Linkon if he (L) had ever been to Cox's Bazar. Linkon replied in the negative and said that he (L) had never gone there. But he (L) added that he longed for visiting the place. Then Mobarak said that he had had an opportunity to visit the sea-beach the previous year. Mobarak also exclaimed with surprise that the scenery was very charming.

4.Rewrite the following sentences in the reported speech.

"Will you buy my hair?" asked Della. "I buy hair," said Madam. "Take your hat off and let us have a sight at the looks of it" "Twenty dollars," said Madam. "Give it to me quick," said Della.

Changing the form of speech:

Della asked Madam if she would buy her hair. Madam replied that she bought hair. Then Madam told her to take her hat off and suggested that they should have a sight at the looks of it. Madam proposed/ whished to give twenty dollars. Della requested her (Madam) to give it to her quickly.

5.Rewrite the following sentences in the reported speech.

"Jim darling," cried Della. "Don't look at me this way. I had my hair cut off and sold it because I could not have lived through Christmas without giving you a present. I just had to do it, say Merry Christmas, Jim and let's be happy."

Changing the form of speech:

Addressing Jim as darling Della cried and forbade him to look at her that way. Then she said that she had her hair cut off and sold that because she could not have lived through Christmas without giving him a present. She also said that she just had to do that and told Jim to say Merry Christmas and proposed that they should be happy.
Changing the form of speech:

Jim asked Della laboriously if she had cut off her hair. Della replied that she had cut it off and had sold it. Then she asked Jim if he did not like her just as well anyhow. She added that she was without her hair and again asked if she was not without hair.

7.Rewrite the following sentences in the reported speech.

"Follow my example," she said as we shook hands, "and never eat more than one thing for luncheon." "I'll do better than that," I retorted, "I'll eat nothing at dinner tonight." "Humorist!" she cried gaily, jumping into a cab.

Changing the form of speech:

As we shook hands she advised me to follow her example and not to eat more than one thing for luncheon. I retorted that I would do better than that. I also added that I would eat nothing at dinner that night. Then jumping into a cab she cried gaily and said that I was a humorist.

Changing the form of speech:

The teacher asked Ratan if he had done his English lesson that day. Ratan respectfully replied in the affirmative and said/told him (T) that he had done it/that. But expressing his dissatisfaction he said that/told him that he hadn't understood some grammatical points. Then/Again the teacher asked him (R) where the problem was. The teacher proposed to /suggested him (R) that they should try again.

8.Rewrite the following sentences in the reported speech.

"Why did you not go to school yesterday?" said the mother to the girl. "I was ill, mum," the girl replied. "How are you today?" the mother asked again. "Well," said the girl. "Don't worry for me."

Changing the form of speech:

The mother asked the girl why she had not gone to school the previous day. Addressing her mother as mum the girl replied that she had been ill. The mother again asked her how she was that day. The girl replied that she was well and requested her not to worry for her.

9.Rewrite the following sentences in the reported speech.

Once I asked a sweet little girl, "What is your mother's name?" She replied cleverly, "I know my mother's name but I won't tell you that." I said, "What a clever girl you are!" "I don't tell my mother's name to anybody whom I don't know." she spoke with an air of confidence.

Changing the form of speech:

Once I asked a sweet little girl what her mother's name was. She replied cleverly that she knew her mother's name but she would not tell me that. I exclaimed with wonder that she was a very clever girl. She spoke with an air of confidence that she did not tell her mother's name to anybody whom she did not know.

10.Rewrite the following sentences in the reported speech.

"Have you seen your mother, Jerry?" "I see her every summer. She sends for me." I wanted to cry out. "Why are you not with her? How can she let you go away again?" He said, "She comes up here from Mannville whenever she can. She does not have a job now."

Changing the form of speech:

The writer asked Jerry if he had seen his mother. Jerry replied that he saw her every summer and added that she sent for him. The writer wanted to cry out. The writer again asked why he was not with her and how she could let him go away again. Jerry again replied that she came up there from Mannville whenever she could. He also told her that she did not have a job then.

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