Reported or Indirect and Direct Speech

Reported or Indirect and Direct Speech

Direct and Indirect Speech

Reported or Indirect and Direct Speech

       In communication we often have to give information about what people say or think. In order to do this we can use direct / quoted speech, or indirect / reported speech. (Also read : Pattern and Function Past perfect Tense)

Direct Speech

       When we say about ourselves information directly to someone, it is called direct speech (sometimes called quoted speech). And when we use direct speech in writing, we place the words spoken between quotation marks (” “) and there is no change in these words.

Examples

She says, “What time will you be home?”

She said, “What time will you be home?” and I said, “I don’t know!”

“There’s a fly on my soup!” screamed Rita.

Bandi said, “There’s a goat outside the window.”

Indirect Speech

       When we say to someone about what another person has said to us, it is called Indirect Speech (sometimes called reported speech). And when we use indirect speech in writing, we don’t use quotation marks to enclose what the person said. (Also read other article at : Rindu Diantara Rinai Hujan) read more