Basic Grammar in a Conversation / Word on the Street Exercise

Activity 1

Try to reorder the words to give examples of reported speech:

1) Abdul : “I work for a company in Dubai.” (/ said / he / Abdul / company / for / worked / a / in / Dubai /)

Answer: _____________________________

2) Ciaran : “I don’t know where John is.” (/ know / Ciaran / didn’t / said / where / John / was. / he /)

Answer: ______________________________

3) Erika : “I’ll see my parents tomorrow.” (/ would / said / Erika / she / see / her / parents / the next day. /)

Answer: ______________________________

Activity 2

Can you remember the sentences with reported speech from the last activity? Complete them with the correct words.

1) Dmitri : ”I’m not feeling very well.”

Dmitri said _____________ very well.

2) Bronwen : “I’m studying German in my free time.”

Bronwen said ____________ German in _____________ free time.

3) Fatima : “I can’t go out with you.”

Fatima said _____________ out with _____________.

Let's have a little break! smiley You must have been a bit tired, right?

Activity 3

We can use “a bit to make an adjective less strong : “a bit nervous.” We can also use “a little bit” and “slightly” : “a little bit nervous” and “slightly nervous.” Complete the sentences with the correct expressions.

a bit gloomy / a bit scary / a little bit angry / a little bit cold / slightly overweight / slightly thirsty

1) I’m feeling _____________.

Could I have a glass of water?

2) It’s ______________ in here, isn’t it? Can we close the window?

3) This room’s ______________.

Maybe we should paint the walls a different colour.

4) I don’t like flying very much. I always find it ______________.

5) I think I’m ____________. I’d like to lose 3 or 4 kilos.

6) Jacques isn’t talking to me at the moment. He’s _______________ with me.

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