Do you want to know all about Direct and Indirect speech Universal Truth?
Then you are on a right page because here we shall teach you how to convert universal truth sentences into indirect speech in simplest possible way.
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What is universal truth
First comes first, what is universal truth is the first thing that comes in the minds of the students.
So let us understand what is universal truth and after that we shall see how it can be converted into indirect speech.
Definition of universal truth sentence
Universal truth is the sentence that must
have the following features;
2. Anything that cannot be converted into past tense.
Let us examine the above examples of universal truth in this light.
We said, “Sun rises in the East.”
And converting it into” Stars have their own light and planets don’t have.”
You cannot convert it into past. Try all the examples one by one and you will get the point.
Direct and Indirect speech universal truth (How to convert)
In this paragraph we shall learn through few very simple steps
how to convert universal truth into indirect.
The verb of reporting speech (say) shall be converted into
Use the word “that” when you remove comma and
The sentence with universal truth remains the same in indirect speech.
We don’t convert it into past (as mentioned earlier) no matter what is the tense of reporting speech.
Universal truth sentences examples
Direct speech: He said, “Water boils at 100 c.”
• Our Science teacher said, “Stars have their own
light and planets don’t have.”
• My father said to me, “There are four directions;
East, West, North and South.”
• He says, “Water is tasteless.”
• Our teacher says, “Universe is matter.”
• She said, “Two and two make four.”
• Mike said, “H2O is water.”
• My father said, “There are 7 days in a week.”
• He said, “Water boils at 100 c.”
Direct and indirect speech universal truth rules chart PDF
Direct and indirect speech general rules chart PDF
Frequently asked Questions
What is universal truth in direct and indirect speech?
Universal truth is the statement that carries universal fact and moreover that cannot be converted into past.
For example; Sun rises in the East., There are four directions; East, West, North and South., Water is tasteless., There are 7 days in a week. Water boils at 100 c. etc
How do you change universal truth to indirect speech?
There are three simple steps to change universal truth into
The sentence remains that same even if reporting speech is in past tense.
What are examples of universal truths?
Universal truth is an undeniable fact that cannot be converted into past.
For example; Two and two make four, Man is mortal, water is colorless, water freezes at zero degree Celsius etc.
What is the rule of direct and indirect speech?
There are the direct and indirect speech rules:
As a result of the comprehensive lesson you have now learnt about direct and indirect speech universal truth.
You have learnt the following things.
Firstly, converting universal truth into indirect speech is the simplest of all narrations.
Secondly, there are only few changes to be made but all outside the statement that carries universal truth.
Thirdly, the statement of universal truth remains the same and there is no change in it in indirect speech because the universal fact cannot be converted in past.
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