Please change the sentence from direct speech to reported speech. I cannot solve this problem. Can anyone solve this?

He said, "HUSH! The headmaster is coming."

  • Change it to what, exactly?
    – Robusto
    Commented Jan 11, 2015 at 14:17
  • Exclamatory sentence : direct to indirect Commented Jan 11, 2015 at 14:18
  • Do you mean change it from a direct quote to reported speech?
    – Robusto
    Commented Jan 11, 2015 at 14:34
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    Well, if that's what you want, then it would be something like: *He hushed them because the headmaster was coming."
    – Robusto
    Commented Jan 11, 2015 at 15:41
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    What is the problem? As it stands it is perfectly acceptable.
    – Mynamite
    Commented Jan 11, 2015 at 16:51

2 Answers 2


He told them to hush because the Headmaster was coming.

By the way, here in the UK children (and most adults) don't use the word "hush" in conversation any more. "Shut up" is much more colloquial. "Hush" may still be current in other parts of the world.

  • This was pretty much my answer before I edited it: He said for them to hush because the headmaster was coming. Then when I assumed that the OP was engaging in homework or some similar activity that would require 'going by the rules,' as most ESL questions require, I changed my answer to abide by the normal rules of converting d.s. to i.s./r.s.
    – pazzo
    Commented Jan 11, 2015 at 19:34

He exclaimed with command to silence that the headmaster was coming.

It is technically correct, if not idiomatic.

For a guideline, see this page or this one.


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