Definition of indirect speech in English:

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indirect speech

Pronunciation: /ˈˌindəˈˌrekt ˈspēCH/


Another term for reported speech.
Example sentences
  • Today, they slyly tried to report indirect speech as direct speech.
  • It is not used in indirect speech, because a reported question is part of a statement: I asked you whether you wanted more to eat.
  • Their problem is to understand when people talk in indirect speech and use irony, idioms and metaphors because they take each sentence literally.

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Syllabification: in·di·rect speech

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