reported speech

reported speech
reported speech
or indirect speech, is the reporting of what someone has said with a ‘reporting’ verb such as said, replied, cried, etc. In reported speech, the actual words spoken are usually changed with regard to the subject and tense of the verb to suit the viewpoint of the person now reporting, and quotation marks are not used, so that what appears in direct speech as (for example) ‘They have a few points to add,’ she remarked, in reported or indirect speech becomes She remarked that they had a few points to add. See also indirect question.

Modern English usage. 2014.

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