Writing Prompt ~ Reported Questions
Writing Prompt: We use reported speech to tell someone what we have heard or seen. We use reported questions to tell someone what someone has asked. Review the structure and use of reported questions. Then write a letter to a friend telling her about a visit or chat you had with a long lost relative or friend. Use as many reported questions as possible. Remember that reported questions are punctuated with a full stop [.], not a question mark [?].
I phoned our long lost cousin Waverley this weekend. She wanted to know why Jim and I hadn’t called her in years. I told her we have been busy raising our kids. She also asked how you were doing. I told her you were studying science at university. She asked if you were going to get your PhD. When I said yes, she asked whether you would come and visit her in Montana. I told her I would ask you. It’s funny. She asked if you would visit, but she didn’t ask if I would visit. I asked her why she always liked you better. She said you guys spent a lot of time together when we were kids. Just before she left, I asked if I could come and visit her sometime. She said she was pretty busy.
Jim asked if I would ever call her again. I doubt I will.
I phoned my mom this morning. She was hanging out with her friends. I asked Her if She was well and was having a good time. She said that everything was fine and She was going to have lunch with Her friends . She said that later would talk to me. I said I was okay and would wait for Her call.
Esteban Rayo says:
I phoned our long lost friend Chiara this weekend. She wanted to know what why you and I hadn’t called her in years. I told her that I had been trying to communicate with her but I did not have her phone number. She asked also how you were doing. I told her that you were studying Literature in Alabama. She asked if you were going to do your PhD. When I said yes She asked whether you would visit her in Italia. It’s funny. She asked if you would visit. But she didn’t ask if I would visit. I asked her why she always liked you better. She said you guys spent a lot of time when we were children. When we said goodbye to each other I aske her if I could make her a visit. She said she was too busy.
I probably will not call her again in the future.
i got phone call from my lost brother who was gone for more than 30 years. He says “” Hello is this abdi. I was like yes what do you want. Then he told lets meet in this place , he give the location. I took me and my brothers go to the location
and when i saw him i couldn’t believe it . My reaction was suspicious tiers on my eyes. We talked a lot. I asked where you been he told me he was in the businesses
I received a call from a friend who I did not talk to in a long time. She asked me, if I am back in my home country. I said yes, she was surprised why I did not tell her that I have returned back to my country. I told her I sent messages to her phone several time, but I did not receive an answer.
J H says:
I recieved a call yesterday , somone asked me , can u talk to me for awhile , I told her , yes, tell me what do you want?she said I just want to talk with you for a hour.I asked her,for what purpose she replied , I am feeling alone and I need to share my secrets.I told her I am really sorry I cant talk , she asked me why ? Any reason for not talking to me , I told her , how I talk to you even I dont know you , and I dnt like to talk with stranger , she said I am not stranger I am your friend than I said all right! so please introduce yourself who are u ? She said I am your soulfriend. I shocked, after few second gap I told her are u kidding me?
No I am not kidding but I saw you in my dream last night than she started saying peculiar things.
i getting rape help me my brother is hurting me a lot help me please i don want to get raped help! l am going to die please help i am going to kill myself!
I called Yunn last weekend and she asked me about you. She told me she missed us, she would like to know why you had gotten angry with her after your birthday party because since then you had not spoken with her. I even did not know you hadn’t talked to each other since then. She also suggested why we don’t meet in the coffee shop in downtown. I hope you could, I told her I would like to.
how are you? I’m pretty good. I had a conversation with my father last week, i thought it’s time for me to tell him how i feel about our closeness to each other. it wasn’t easy for me to tell him all this things after years of desire to be more close and caring even though i felt a relef after everything been said.
i hope it will make a change.
I phoned my mum last night. I asked her how she was doing. She said she was pretty good. She wanted to know why I hadn’t gone back her home last weekend. I told her I have been busy studying. She also asked if I would go to her home this weekend. I said yes. Then she asked me if I wanted her to pick me up. I said I was not sure, I would walk home from the bus station if the weather was fine. I asked her to cook dinner for me on the weekend. She asked me what I would like for dinner. I answered dumplings.
Last week a wife of my cousin asked me if I were ready to prepare a short video greeting for her husbands birthday. I was surprised, as we have never talked before. I asked her why she would need it from me. She responded that she is about to organise some surprising video with best wishes from all his relatives and I was one of them. Of course, I said yes, I liked the idea. I promised her to be able to prepare all she has asked for just the very next week and send it to her through my mobile phone. She was pleased to hear that.
We then chatted for a while and hunged on.
My daughter called me at work this morning, asking me if I would be home for lunch, I answered “no, I`m working”, She then asked me what could she get for lunch? I suggested mashed potato and chicken, She then asked me If I would be home for dinner, I answered her “yes, I will”, she then asked me to cook dinner for her, I asked her, What would you like for dinner? She answered me, Mashed potato and chicken. That’s her favorite food.
I called Francesco last night. He is in London. So I asked you why and for many time he will stay there. He said he is working for a periodical and won’t came back in Cosenza for this month. He will came back in December for Christma’s day.
At the end he asked me if have you a girlfriend. I said no. However, what do you thing about his new job?
I met our common school friend Mike last week. He was asking me about you and your professional life since he had no contact with us for a long time. Also, he asked me if both of us could meet him before he moves to another country to work and live. You can expect a call from him as I gave him your contact number.
The beginning of the letter, I don’t know to speak things arpart from sending best wishes to our family. At the moment, I’m studying well at university. If there’s not change, I will graduate from Science College on next September. The last Thurday, I called father to ask whether this summer I could go back home to take my bike with me. I’m going to go camping together with some friends and I need it to use. This could be final activity of mine prior to leaving school.
I called Manju yesterday. She was asking about you and your fiance. She wanted to know whether everything is alright between both of you. I told her that everything is fine.Further, she asked when two of you are getting married.I told her that you are trying to resolve the family issues, once everyone is convince, you will get married.
Paola Suarez says:
I was talking on phone with my Dad and he asked me how I was doing, I told him that I had traveled to NY last week, then I asked him how he was doing and he told me that he had been reading a new book from Dan Brown because he already had read the book from Benedetti
I was speaking with my mother, she is in Chile. I was asked when she come back to visit, she asked me whether we have space in our house, I told her that we have one bedroom to visit. She asked if she need visa, I said yes. Finally she asked me if she can flie by the end of the year.
What do you think?
if she asked me, I would say “I am pretty busy, please don’t ask me more” 🙂