[Grammar] She said, "She agreed". or She said she agreed.

arjitsharma

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How should I write? I have seen native English speakers write the second one too.

1. She said, "She agreed".
2. She said she agreed.
 

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They mean different things.
 

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In sentence one, the first female is quoting something said by another female. In sentence two, a female has said "I agree."
 

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However, "She said she agreed" could still be the indirect speech form to show that female 1 was reporting what was said by female 2 or, in my example below, what was said by two other females.

Jane: I asked my aunt if my mother agreed that the party should be postponed.
Helen: What did she say?
Jane: She said she agreed.

The red "she" refers to "my aunt" She blue "she" refers to "my mother".
 
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