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What is indirect speech?

 

Definition
 

Indirect speech is reported speech that is presented with grammatical modifications, rather than as it might have been uttered by the original speaker.

Example (English)
 
  • Patrick Henry said to give him liberty or give him death.
  • Generic
      Indirect speech is a kind of
     
    Sources
     

    Quirk, Greenbaum, Leech, and Svartvik 1985 1021, 1026, 1029

     

    Mish 1991 614

     

    Crystal 1985 156


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