If we want to say what somebody has said, we basically have two options:
- We can use the person's exact words - in quotation marks "..." if we are writing (direct speech).
- We can change the person's words into our own words (reported speech).
|He said: "I love you."||He said that he loved me.|
In this lesson we learn about reported speech, the structure that we use when we report what another person has said.
Now we will look at:
And then you can check your understanding of reported speech with...
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:
- questions-within-questions: Can you tell me if they are expensive?
- mental processes: He believes that politics is a dirty game.