Verbal Ability - Change of Speech - Discussion

Discussion :: Change of Speech - Section 1 (Q.No.2)

In the questions below the sentences have been given in Direct/Indirect speech. From the given alternatives, choose the one which best expresses the given sentence in Indirect/Direct speech.


I told him that he was not working hard.

[A]. I said to him, "You are not working hard."
[B]. I told to him, "You are not working hard."
[C]. I said, "You are not working hard."
[D]. I said to him, "He is not working hard."

Answer: Option A


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Ram Mohan Allam said: (Nov 28, 2010)  
In my option, we should mention indirect speech when referring some one.

Bharati said: (Jan 25, 2012)  
I said, "You are not working hard." why is it not correct?

Mercury said: (Sep 7, 2012)  
You shouldn't use that..... because you have to mention the second person.(here he).

Rashmi said: (Nov 15, 2012)  
Why 4th option is not correct?

Yash said: (Mar 9, 2013)  

4th option is not correct because when you are using quotes, then we write the actual words of speaker.

A.Mahesh_Iiit_Basar(Cse) said: (Dec 14, 2013)  
I said to him, "You are not working hard." is correct.

Because, whenever "said to" comes we have to change it to as "told".

So it becomes,
I told him that he was not working hard.

Vani said: (Dec 28, 2013)  
Why we are not choose option B?

Divya (Iiit Nuzvid) P-1 said: (Mar 26, 2014)  
We should not choose option B because "told" should not be followed by "to" and "said to " itself gives the meaning of "told. ".

Dushanthi said: (Aug 27, 2014)  
What is the difference between said and told?

Teju said: (Dec 26, 2014)  
"Told" will become past sentence, and as we have convert into direct speech we have to use "said".

Venkatesh Pandya said: (Jul 1, 2015)  
Option C also seems right because I said, "You are not working hard".

This itself means telling to 2nd person. What's the use of writing 'I said to him'.

Navya said: (Dec 21, 2015)  
No, You are wrong Mr. Venkatesh.

A. Mahesh_Iiit_Basar (Cse) said the correct answer. Check it once.

Nilesh said: (Sep 1, 2016)  
The option A is correct. But how?

Dhananjay Suman said: (Oct 6, 2016)  
If we make an indirect speech for sentences in option A and B, We will get same.

Mahalakshmi R said: (May 29, 2019)  
Why not it is option 4? Please explain me.

Vivek Anand said: (Aug 24, 2020)  
@Mahalakshmi are.

It is not option 4 because the indirect speech satisfies as "he", so it will be "You" in direct speech.

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