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Direct and Indirect Speech --

Optative Sentences--

Those sentences, which express hope, prayer, or wish, are called optative sentences. Usually, there is a mark of exclamation at the end of the optative sentence. For example:

May you succeed in the test!
May you get well soon!
Would that I were rich!

To change optative sentences into indirect speech, follow the following rules along with the above-mentioned rules:

In case, the reported speech starts with the word may, then the reporting verb said is replaced with the word prayed.
In case, the reported speech starts with the word would, then the reporting verb said is replaced with the word wished.
May is changed to might.
Mark of exclamation is omitted.
In indirect speech, the optative sentences become assertive sentences.

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