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Reported Speech

Introduction to Reported Speech

Reported speech or indirect speech is the second-hand account of what has been spoken by someone else (direct speech). In the above example, Amit’s friend reports what their teacher had said in the classroom.

Inverted commas (“…”) are used for indicating direct speech, i.e., for showing the exact words spoken by the speaker.

For example:

Teacher: “I will give a test on reported speech tomorrow.”

There are two ways of reporting this direct speech.

I. Direct reported speech: By using the exact wo…

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