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She said to the Headmistress,"Madam, forgive me my fault and let me appear at the exam".

How can I change this sentence into Indirect speech?
Is it difficult to change a sentence into indirect speech?
Could you please help me change the narration?

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    The student asked the Headmistress to forgive her and allow her to sit the exam. If you know the student's name, then use that instead. – Joe Dark Oct 2 '15 at 18:43
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Indirect speech means that you'll relate what was said without quoting directly. This is done by news organizations all the time to sum up what politicians say. E.G. "Today in a press conference the president said the situation in ..."

For your excerpt, first we need to drop the quotes and take the quoted text out of first-person ("me/my" > "her"):

... forgive her her fault and let her appear at the exam

Now we need to join that up with the first half of the sentence, but that will need some converting too. There are a couple ways to do that & what you choose is a question of tone:

She said the Headmistress should forgive her her fault and let her appear at the exam.

This is close, but the use of "should" sounds more like a demand than the humble request it really was. So let's try swapping the main verb:

She asked the Headmistress to forgive her her fault and let her appear at the exam.

This version is closer in overall tone to the original, but to illustrate the point, let's go further into humility:

She begged the Headmistress to forgive her her fault and let her appear at the exam.

Note that some will say all of my examples have a problem with which female "her" refers to. Strictly speaking, that's true (although the vast majority of people will take the correct meaning away from each version).

So here's a strictly correct variation:

The headmistress was asked by the student to forgive her her fault and let her appear at the exam.

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The sentence in indirect speech is as follows:

She requested the Headmistress to forgive her fault and let her appear for the exam.

BTW, you can replace 'appear for the exam' with 'take/sit the exam'.

  • You've mixed the gender of your subject. – Catija Dec 5 '15 at 19:08

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