Term: Reported Speech

Definition:


Reported Speech (also called Indirect Speech) is used to communicate what someone else said, but without using the exact words. A few changes are necessary; often a pronoun has to be changed and the verb is usually moved back a tense, where possible.

EG: He said that he was going to come. (The person's exact words were "I'm going to come.")

See Also: Direct Speech

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