reported speech

reported speech (uncountable)

  1. (grammar, narratology) a form of speech used to express what another has said; often involves a change in tense
    If we were to change "Fred says, 'I will do the housework'" into reported speech it would become "Fred said that he would do the housework."
  • indirect speech
  • French: discours indirect
  • German: indirekte Rede
  • Italian: discorso indiretto
  • Portuguese: discurso indireto
  • Russian: ко́свенная речь
  • Spanish: estilo indirecto

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