Narration Changes for HSC, SSC and JSC

Narration Changes

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Hope you are in a good health and mind. Today you are gonna learn the narration changes. This page is exclusive for Narration Changes for HSC, SSC and JSC student in Bangladesh. You can master here the basics of changing narration in this post. Keep reading the details in the ensuing lines.

Narration Changes for SSC, HSC and JSC
Narration Changes for SSC, HSC and JSC


Narration or Speech is what a speaker says. We can convey a message of a person to other person. We can say it in two ways:1.      (Exactly) Direct Speech2.      (Reportedly) Indirect Speech. 

Direct speech: John said, “I will give you a pen”.

Reporting speech    Reported speech

Indirect Speech: John said that he would give me a pen.

Reporting verb                     Reported speech

Direct Speech:           Sohana said, “I am busy now”.

Indirect Speech:         Sohana said that she was busy then.


If the reporting speech is in the present or future tenses, there will be no tense change.

If the reporting speech is in the past tense, tenses will be changed as below.

Direct Speech:           Sohana says, “I am busy with my job”.

Indirect Speech:         Sohana says that she is busy with her job.


Ø  John said to Rina


Ø  John told Rina


Ø  NOT: John said Rina or John told to Rina



Present Indefinite > Past Indefinite Do, Does, go > did, V2, went
Present continuous > Past Continuous Am, is, are > was, were
Present Perfect > Past Perfect Have, Has > had
Present Perfect Continuous > Past Perfect Continuous  
Past Indefinite > Past Perfect V2   > Had
Past Continuous > Past Perfect Continuous Was, were > had been
Past Perfect > Unchanged  
Past Perfect Continuous > Unchanged  
Universal Truth > Unchanged  
Habitual Activities > Unchanged  
Narration Changes
Narration Changes

Examples of Tense changing

Direct Indirect
Sakib said, “ I write a letter”  
Sakib said, “ I am writing a letter”  
Sakib said, “I have written a letter”  
Sakib said, “ I have been writing a letter”  
Sakib said, “ I wrote a letter”  
Sakib said, “I was writing a letter”  
Sakib said, “ I had written a letter”  
Sakib said, “ I had been writing a letter”  
Sakib said, “I shall write”  
Sakib said, “ I shall be writing”  
Sakib said, “I shall have written a letter.”  
Sakib said, “I shall have been writing a letter”  


  Sentence Changes in Narration    

Direct Indirect
Assertive sentence:1.      Affirmative 2.      Negative  Assertive sentence:1.      Affirmative2.      Negative 
Interrogative sentence Karim asked Rina   WH/Whether/if…..
Imperative sentence1.      Order2.      Request3.      Forbid

4.      Let us/ let’s1.      Karim told Rina to open the door2.      Karim requested Rina to open the door3.      Karim told Rina not to open the door

4.      Karim suggested Rina that they shouldOptative sentenceKarim wished Rina that Allah might help her.Exclamatory sentenceKarim exclaimed with/in wonder/sorrow/joy + that


More example of Sentence changes

Direct Indirect
Sakib said, “ I don’t like cigarettes” Sakib said that ………………………
Sakib said to Shishir, “Do you like chocolate?”  
Sakib said to Shishir, “Why are you laughing?”  
Sakib said to Shishir, “Give me a cup of tea.”  
Sakib said to Shishir, “Don’t make a noise”  
Sakib said to Shishir, “May you be happy”  
Sakib said, “What a nice garden it is!”  


Other Changes in Word in Naration

Direct Indirect direct indirect
I He/she this That
We they these Those
My his/her ago Before
Our Their hence Thence
Sub: you I /we thus In that way
Obj: you Me/us yesterday The day before/ the previous day
us them Last night The previous night/ the night before
me Him Next week The following week
will Would Next year The following year
shall Would Here There
hither Thither today That day/ the same day
may Might Last week The previous week
can Could Last year The previous year
would Would A year ago A year before / the previous year
Must Must / had to sir respectfully
could Could The day before yesterday two days ago
Ought to Ought to The day after tomorrow in two days’ time
tomorrow The next day/ the following day now Then

 Miscellaneous changes

Direct Indirect direct indirect
will   this  
shall   these  
hither   ago  
may   hence  
can   thus  
would   yesterday  
Must   Last night  
could   Next week  
Ought to   Next year  
tomorrow   Last year  
Here   A year ago  
today   sir  
Last week   now  


Passage Narration

  1. Go through the whole passage with complete understanding of it and try to find out who is speaking to whom.
  2. While changing questions and their answers quote the missing words of the context.

To reply a question, say… replied that

Yes = replied in the affirmative that

No = replied in the negative that

  1. If sentences of the same kinds are consecutively spoken by the same speaker,

use…………added that/ also said that/ again said that.


For assertive sentences, use…….. For Interrogative sentences, use…..
 And added thatAnd also said thatAnd again said that
and further added that
and moreover added that
and again added that

 Asked whether/ whAnd again asked whether/ whAnd further asked whether/ wh
And more asked whether/ wh

  1. Don’t change the long and elaborated descriptions or words that exist outside the quotation marks/ reported speech.
  2. Put the reporting verb in front wherever it is.
  3. If there is but at the beginning of the sentence, leave out it.
  4. If an assertive sentence contains a question mark at the end, use…. Being surprised,
  5. If there is “Please”, use……… requested.
  6. If there is Sir/Madam, use ………
  7. If somebody is addressed, use……….addressing sb as sth.
  8. If somebody swears saying by Allah/My life etc. Use……….swearing by……
  9. If the direct speech contains the following words, then use desired expressions.


Direct Indirect
Good morning/ evening wished somebody good morning/ good evening
Thank you thanked me/him etc.
Congratulation Congratulated somebody
Excuse me Apologized
Good night/ good bye Bade somebody good night/ good bye.
Sure Giving assurance
Of course Agreed with
  1. If it is not mentioned that who is speaking to whom

Use.. The speaker and the listener/ The person spoken to .

  1. If the reporting verb is cried/mutter/replied/asked etc. they remain unchanged.
  2. Quote the missing words of the context while changing question and answer.

Rewrite the following passage in the indirect speech

  1. Once I asked a sweet little girl, “What is your mother’s name?” She replied cleverly, “I know my mother’s name. I won’t tell you that.” I said, “What a clever girl you are!” “I do not tell my mother’s name to anybody whom I do not know” she said with an air of confidence.
  1. “Will you come to my house tomorrow?” I asked the boy. “We can discuss terms and conditions then” I said. “I shall be very happy to meet you at your house. Thank you so much” he replied.

This may have guided you to get the basic ideas on changing narration. For mastering the narration, you can ask me here.



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