to report (verb): to tell somebody what you have heard or seen
If we want to say what somebody has said, we basically have two options:
Reported speech is not really difficult. It is more a matter of logic and common sense. You probably have the same concept in your own language, where you use your own words to say what somebody has said or written.
In this lesson we learn about reported speech, the structure that we use when we report what another person has said.
So now we will look at:
Reported speech is called "indirect speech" by some people. Other people regard reported speech simply as one form of indirect speech. Other forms are, for example: