An order is when somebody tells you to do something and you have no choice. It is not usually polite. It is a "command". Reported orders are one form of reported speech.
We usually introduce reported orders with the verb "tell". The structure is very simple:
tell + (pro)noun + to + infinitive
Because we use the infinitive there is no need to worry about tense. But as with reported statements and reported requests, we may need to change pronouns as well as time and place in reported orders.
Here are some examples:
Notice above that we report a negative order by using not.
The most common verb for reporting an order is "tell", but we can also use other verbs such as:
order, command, instruct
You can check your understanding of reported speech by trying our Reported Speech Quiz →