Verbal Ability - Change of Speech - Discussion

Discussion :: Change of Speech - Section 1 (Q.No.14)

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.


Nita ordered her servant to bring her cup of tea.

[A]. Nita told her servant, "Bring a cup of tea."
[B]. Nita said, "Bring me a cup of tea."
[C]. Nita said to her servant, "Bring me a cup of tea."
[D]. Nita told her servant, "Bring her that cup of tea."

Answer: Option C


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Subodh said: (Dec 12, 2013)  
What's the difference between option A and Option C here.

Can someone please explain.

Also, how to rectify such mistakes.

Sunny said: (May 19, 2014)  
I think option B is correct. Because Nita directly said bring her a cup of tea which implies that she ordered to the servant.

Mathiyoli Krishnan said: (May 25, 2014)  
Option B is correct. Because the word "ordered" in the indirect speech is changed into "said to" in the direct speech according to the rules and we should omit the conjunction in the direct speech, here the conjunction is "to" and we should also change the pronoun "her" into "me" and finally we should put commas and inverted commas that's it. If you read the rules it will be easy for you to understand.

Ramsra said: (Jun 19, 2014)  
Option B is not correct. I guess. Because we should work out these based on implications.

Medha said: (Dec 28, 2014)  
I think B should be the correct option because Nita ordered. Please reply if I am right.

Mehtabh said: (Jan 4, 2015)  
I too accept option B is right, because its an order which was been give to her servant.

Charlie said: (Sep 13, 2015)  
Even I didn't get the difference between A and C. It sounds almost the same.

Shivam said: (Dec 20, 2015)  
C is correct option because Nita ordered his servant (object) C is correct because object given here.

Shivam said: (Dec 20, 2015)  
The difference between option A and option C here. Reporting verb of option A is in indirect so option A is wrong.

Vineet Singh said: (Jan 15, 2016)  
The given statement is in indirect/Reported speech and only option B is in direct speech. So I think that should be the answer.

Sanjid said: (Apr 20, 2016)  
Option A and C is a little bit confusing and definitely, it is not b or d. Because in B, it is not mentioning servant. D is not correct.

Deb said: (Jul 3, 2017)  
C is the correct one. It has captured the following aspects of the original sentence:
Nita is the one who said it.
She ordered her servant to bring the tea.
The tea is for her (Nita).

While in A.
Nita is the one who said it.
She ordered her servant to bring the tea.
BUT It is unclear for whom is the tea (could be for Nita, or for someone else like a guest, maybe)

B and D are definitely incorrect.

Uma said: (Mar 26, 2018)  
When do we use "told" and when do we use said to? please anyone explain me.

Komal said: (Nov 16, 2018)  
Told is for past tense the that happen already and said is for present the thing that are happeninig now.

Suhasini said: (Nov 16, 2018)  
Option C is correct because the question is given in past tense and now we have to select for a present so option A D are cut and option C cut because her servant is mention in question so it should be present in the answer. Hence B is correct.

Akhilesh said: (Apr 23, 2020)  
Option C is the correct answer.

Ketki said: (Feb 23, 2021)  
Option A is correct because we always use "told" at the time of order. So option A is correct.

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