She asked, ‘Are you an Indian?’  ‘Yes.’  ‘Excuse me, are you a vegetarian?’  ‘Why do you ask that? ‘ 

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The following sentences are from the story ‘The Price of Flowers’. Read them. 

She asked, ‘Are you an Indian?’ 


‘Excuse me, are you a vegetarian?’ 

‘Why do you ask that? ‘ 

‘I have heard that most Indians are vegetarians.’ 

‘How is it that you know anything about India?’ 

‘My elder brother is in India. He is a soldier.’

The very next day the narrator told his friend about the girl and their conversation. 

Read and find out how he presented it.

The girl asked me whether I was an Indian. I answered in the affirmative. 

Then she asked me politely if I was a vegetarian. 

I enquired why she asked that. 

She said (that) she had heard that most Indians were vegetarians. 

I further asked her how it was that she knew anything about India. 

She replied that her elder brother was in India and added that he was a soldier.

see the difference between direct speech and reported speech. Study the notes given there. Rewrite the following sentences in reported speech: “Shall I call you work of a secretary.”

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