Definition of reported speech in English:

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reported speech

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noun

A speaker’s words reported in subordinate clauses governed by a reporting verb, with the required changes of person and tense (e.g., he said that he would go, based on I will go). Also called indirect speech. Contrasted with direct speech.
Example sentences
  • Janie's courtroom testimony is also, however, a case of reported speech nested within reported speech.
  • The use of says with a first-person singular pronoun is common in representations of reported speech in numerous American dialects.
  • ‘And he turns round and says’: A baffling prefix to reported speech, common in working-class southern England since the 1960s.
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