Rules of Narration - Imperative Sentences With Practice Set & Solution

How to change Narration of Imperative Sentences - Read rules along with the Practice Set/ Solution -

Rules of Narration

In the last blog we had changed the Reported Speech of Interrogative sentences and Sentences with W-H Interrogatives. Now we will change the Narration of Imperative Sentences.

Imperative sentences are those which contain the sense of Request, Command, etc and always begin with the main verb. The subject 'You' is always implied.

Simple Imperative :

I said to him " Please, go to the market ."

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Rule No 1 - The Reporting verb will be changed as per the sense contained in the Reported Speech.

If there is the sense of Request, we will change said to into - requested

Order - said to in to - ordered

If the sense is not clear then we shall convert said into - told or asked etc.

I told him ....

Rule No 2 - Inverted commas are replaced by ' to '.

I requested him to ...

Rule No 3. The rest of the reported speech will come as it is.

I requested him to go to the market.

Negative Imperative :-

I said to him," Don't open the door,please."

Rules are almost same as in the Simple Imperative except 'not' which we insert in the negative imperative before 'to' while replacing inverted commas. We also use forbade while replacing said to when there is the sense other than request/advice etc. Forbade is itself a negative word. It will not take the word not after it.

I requested him not to open the door.

Practice Set for Imperative Sentences with Solution below

  1. She said to me " Go to the market at once ."
  2. I said to him ," Open the gate."
  3. Ram said to Shyam," Please help me."
  4. Kinjal said to Rudra," Don't waste your time."
  5. Rudra said to Kinjal," Don't take tea at night."
  6. I said to him, " Don't read my book."
  7. The master said to his servant," Bring me a glass of water at once."
  8. She said to me, " Kindly close the window."
  9. Ram said to me," Don't do this again. "


  1. She asked me to go to the market at once.
  2. I asked him to open the gate.
  3. Ram requested Shyam not to waste his time.
  4. Kinjal advised Rudra not to waste his time.
  5. Rudra advised Kinjal not to take tea at night.
  6. I forbade him to read my book.
  7. The master ordered his servant to bring him glass of water at once.
  8. She requested me to close the window.
  9. Ram forbade me to do that again.

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84 thoughts on “Rules of Narration - Imperative Sentences With Practice Set & Solution”

    • Assertive sentence exercises:-
      1) Rohit Said, "My brother has given me the chain"
      2) He said , " You must go there"
      3) He said ," They will come tomorrow"
      4) Amit said," I am sad with dad"
      5) parul cried," I want the dinner "

  1. But answer key of HTET accepts the 1st option . I think asked is also equally acceptable. What do u think sir?

  2. My mother said to me, " DOn't go to the park."
    1) My mother told me not to go tO the Park.
    2) My mother asked me not to go to the park.

    Sir plz tell me which indirect speech is right.


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