Reported Exclamatory Sentences
Let’s learn to change exclamations into reported exclamatory sentences.
Exam in Mind Level B1/B2
Study the ways of rendering exclamations.
- Oh, dear!
- Oh Lord!
He sighed (cursed, gasped, screamed, etc.) with pain (surprise, delight, despair, relief, etc.)
He made an exclamation of surprise (protest, pity, joy, amazement, bewilderment, etc.)
- “Bravo! Splendid!” cried the audience in delight. – The audience applauded with delight.
- What a lovely garden! – He remarked what a lovely garden it was.
- What a wonderful day! – He remarked that it was a wonderful day.
- Oh dear! I’ve torn my dress! – She sighed and said that she had torn her dress.
- Oh dear me! I’ve broken the dish! – She exclaimed that he had broken the dish.
- How hungry I am! – He said he was hungry.
- What fun will it be biking down the long hill! – He said it would be fun biking down the long hill.
Task 1. Report the following exclamatory sentences.
- “Good morning,” she said, “How’s your mother today?”
- “Goodness gracious! Who has shoveled the snow?”
- “Ouch! Why do you always tread on my feet!” she exclaimed.
- “Oh, how bored I am! Is there nothing else to do?” she sighed.
- “Oh dear! It’s raining again!” she remarked.
- “Damn! I’ve twisted my thumb,” she said.
- “Bravo! Splendid!” cried the audience in delight.
- “Oh,” she exclaimed in surprise.
- “That’s you, Tom.”
- “What lovely cakes these are! Marvelous!” she said.
- “What exquisite roses!” she exclaimed.
- “You hurt me. Let my hand go!” the girl said angrily.
- “But I’m tired and hungry and want to sleep!” the boy protested.
The List of Some Common Interjections
expressing pleasure: Ah, that feels good.
expressing realization: Ah, now I understand.
expressing resignation: Ah well, it can’t be helped.
expressing surprise: Ah! I’ve won!
expressing grief or pity: Alas, she’s dead now.
expressing pity: Oh dear! Does it hurt?
expressing surprise: Dear me! That’s a surprise!
expressing anger, surprise, worry (some people may consider this offensive): God, what a negative attitude you have.
calling attention: Hey! look at that!
expressing surprise, joy, etc: Hey! What a good idea!
expressing hesitation, doubt or disagreement: Hmm. I’m not so sure.
expressing surprise: Oh! You’re here!
expressing pain: Oh! I’ve got a toothache.
expressing pleading: Oh, please say “yes”!
expressing agreement: OK. I’ll tell her.
expressing pain: Ouch! That hurts!
expressing agreement: Shall we go? – Uh-huh.
expressing amazement: Wow! What a cool car you’ve got!
used to express surprise or give emphasis: “Gosh, it’s freezing!” Gosh, I didn’t expect to see you here!
expressing anger or frustration: “Damn! I completely forgot!”
used to show recognition of a mistake or minor accident, often as part of an apology: “Oops! I’m sorry. I just made you miss your bus!”
be quiet: “Hush! Someone will hear you”.
expressing surprise, anger, etc.: “Goodness knows why she didn’t go herself”
used to attract someone’s attention surreptitiously: “Psst! Want to know a secret?”
My word is defined as an expression of surprise or dismay and it is the equivalent of saying “my gosh” or “my goodness.”
used to express strong distaste or disgust: “Raw herrings! Yuck!”
an exclamation of excitement or joy
Task 2. Change the following sentences into reported exclamatory sentences.
- “Eightpence,” exclaimed the old lady. “Oh dear! Things are getting so expensive!”
- “Platform 13!” cried the old lady. “Oh dear! I never travel on trains that leave from platform 13! It’s an unlucky number!”
- “My word! You’re strong!” said Margie, as Brian lifted the heavy suitcase.
- “Good Heavens!” cried Bill’s mother. “You’ll drive me mad!”
- “Oh, Larry, how dull you are!” exclaimed Laura.
- “Nonsense!” Roderick said to me. “Complete rubbish! Bosh!”
- “No classes today! Hurrah!” shouted the boys. “Hush, hush!” said one of the girls.
- “Taxi! Taxi!” shouted Mary, waving her hand.
- “What a beautiful girl,” he said with admiration.
- “Hi, Helen!” shouted Dick. “Hello, Dick,” she answered.
- “Oh, how disappointing! How really very sad!” exclaimed Nina hearing the news.
- “Look! said Alex, “how beautiful the mountains are! And the sea is gorgeous!”
- “It cannot be the truth! No! I cannot believe what you are saying, Ned!” exclaimed Phillip.
- “My god! I never!” exclaimed Terence.
- “Ouch,” cried Mike as he bumped into the wall in the darkness.