Indirect Reported Speech

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Direct and Indirect Reported Speech When someone asks you, “What did he say?” How would you respond? “I’m tired”, he said or he told me that he was tired. The statement may have the same meaning, but are quite different in the English language. One is direct reported speech and the other is indirect reported speech. Do you know how to tell them apart? If not, we will look more into what they are, their purpose, and how/when to use them. First, we will look at direct reported speech. It is also commonly referred to as direct quotation, as mentioned in Purdue OWL and The Little Seagull Handbook. Purdue OWL defines direct speech as “direct quotations (that) involve incorporating another person’s exact words into your own writing.” (Brizee et al.) For example, when you use in-text citations for your essay, that is one use of…show more content…
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