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Reported speech imperative

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Form : ( Told + object + infinitive with to )

In English when we report an imperative sentence or a request, we usually use a to-infinitive structure.

Example sentences : 

DIRECT SPEECH : "Open the door!"

REPORTED SPEECH : He told me to open the door. 

DIRECT SPEECH : "Get me something to drink."

REPORTED SPEECH : He told him to get him something to drink.

DIRECT SPEECH : "Go away!"

REPORTED SPEECH : The woman told them to go away.

DIRECT SPEECH : "Don’t make a noise!"

REPORTED SPEECH : The teacher told the students not to make a noise.

DIRECT SPEECH : "Quit smoking."

REPORTED SPEECH : The doctor told the patient to quit smoking.

DIRECT SPEECH : "Don’t park here!"

REPORTED SPEECH : The policeman told me not to park there.

DIRECT SPEECH : "Be careful!"

REPORTED SPEECH : I told him to be careful.

DIRECT SPEECH : "Wait here."

REPORTED SPEECH : He told her to wait there.



Be going to
Be going to passive
Be used to / Get used to
Comparative
Defining relative clause
Echo tag
Expression
First conditional
Future
Future continuous
Future perfect continuous
Future perfect passive
Future perfect simple
Future simple passive
Greeting
Have/Get something done
Imperative
Implied conditional
Indirect question
Infinitive of purpose
Interjection
Mixed conditional
Modal
Modal passive
Non-defining relative clause
Other
Past continuous
Past continuous passive
Past perfect continuous
Past perfect passive
Past perfect simple
Past simple
Past simple passive
Polite request / offer / suggestion
Present continuous
Present continuous passive
Present perfect continuous
Present perfect passive
Present perfect simple
Present simple
Present simple passive
Question tag
Reduced relative clause
Reported speech imperative
Reported speech question
Reported speech request
Reported speech statement
Second conditional
Short answer
Superlative
Third conditional
Used to / would (past habit)
Was/were going to
Was/were supposed to
Wish
Would rather
Zero conditional