The teacher said to the students, "I will not tolerate such behaviour.
Right Answer is: A
This is a simple sentence. The rules for changing such sentences into indirect speech are given below:
- The inverted commas (“ “) used in Direct Narration is removed in Indirect Narration and “that” conjunction is used.
- Says to/said to changes to tells/told in indirect speech if they are followed by an object. If not, they would remain same in indirect speech.
How to changes the tense in indirect speech
- If the reporting verb is in present or future tense, no changes are made to the verb/tense of the reported speech.
- If the reporting verb is in past tense, we make changes to the reported verb as per the below rule:
- Simple present tense changes to simple past tense.
- Present continuous tense changes to past continuous tense.
- Present perfect tense changes to past perfect tense.
- Present Perfect continuous tense changes to past perfect continuous tense.
- Simple past tense changes to past perfect tense.
- Past continuous tense changes to past perfect continuous tense.
- No changes are made to past perfect and past perfect continuous tense.
- Can, shall, will, may, must changes to could, should, would, might and must respectively.
- If there are any universal truth, habitual fact in the reporting speech, no changes are made to the reported verb’s tense.
How some words change in indirect speech
- Words like “this, these, tomorrow, yesterday change to that, those, the next day, the previous day” respectively.
Below are the rules for changing the pronouns correctly:
- First person pronoun changes according to the subject of reporting speech.
- Second person pronoun changes according to the object of reporting speech.
- Third person pronoun does not change in indirect speech.