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Zia said to Ria, "What a crisis this man has created!"

what will it be in indirect speech?

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    What do you think it should be? – Michael Harvey Sep 20 at 11:09
  • I suggest you do a search on how to put exclamative sentences into indirect speech. You often need to make significant changes. For example: She said, "What a wonderful gift!" >> She expressed her pleasure at his wonderful gift. – Shoe Sep 20 at 11:51
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    I'd argue that 'exclaimed' is required as the report verb rather than 'said' for the sake of felicitousness (to faithfully represent the urgency involved) and probably lose a mark (some have less flexible and less accurate rules). – Edwin Ashworth Sep 20 at 13:44
  • the initial answer i thought of was "Zia exclaimed with anger to Ria about the crisis that man had created". Is it in anyway correct or maybe needs improvement? – Paul Sep 21 at 14:31
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There's no "exact" way to convert exclamatory utterances from direct to reported speech. Here are my best efforts for a few typical examples...

1: "What a pity!" said John = John said it was such a pity
2: "How kind of her!" said John = John said she was very kind
3: "Thank you, Jane" said John = John thanked Jane

...but the bottom line is you simply have to rephrase each specific example as best you can (though as commented by @Edwin, it might help to use exclaimed or similar instead of said).

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  • yes the initial answer i thought of was "Zia exclaimed with anger to Ria about the crisis that man had created". Is it in anyway correct or maybe need improvement? – Paul Sep 21 at 14:30
  • It would be rare for to exclaim to be modified by adverbial with anger or in anger (but angrily would work). And I don't think any native speakers would ever use to exclaim about [something]. The "active" form "What a pity!", exclaimed John can't really be elegantly converted to passive reported speech. I'm happy enough with what I wrote above, but John exclaimed [that] it was such a pity just sounds clunky to me. – FumbleFingers Sep 22 at 15:43

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