indirect speech

indirect speech
.indirect 'speech
BrE indirect discourse AmE also reported speech n [U] technical
a way of reporting what someone said without repeating their exact words. For example, in the sentence 'Julia said that she didn't want to go', the clause 'that she didn't want to go' is indirect speech. Her actual words were 'I don't want to go'.

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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  • indirect speech — noun A person s words reported with adjustment of the necessary person and time, as in He said he was leaving • • • Main Entry: ↑indirect * * * ˌindirect ˈspeech [indirect speech] noun u …   Useful english dictionary

  • indirect speech — noun uncount BRITISH LINGUISTICS INDIRECT DISCOURSE …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • indirect speech — see reported speech …   Modern English usage

  • indirect speech — N UNCOUNT Indirect speech is speech which tells you what someone said, but does not use the person s actual words: for example, They said you didn t like it , I asked him what his plans were , and Citizens complained about the smoke . [mainly… …   English dictionary

  • indirect speech — BrE indirect discourse AmE noun (U) technical the style used to report what someone said without repeating their actual words. For example, in the sentence Julia said that she didn t want to go , the clause that she didn t want to go is indirect… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • indirect speech — speech that is not straight to the point, speech that is not forthright …   English contemporary dictionary

  • indirect speech — /ɪndəˌrɛkt ˈspitʃ/ (say induh.rekt speech) noun the speech or writing of another not quoted verbatim, but modified as to person, tense, etc., so that the hearer or reader is aware that the statements made are at second hand; reported speech.… …  

  • indirect speech — in′direct speech′ n. gram. the reporting of what a speaker said consisting not of the speaker s exact words but of a version transformed for grammatical inclusion in a larger sentence, as in She said she wasn t going Compare direct speech …   From formal English to slang

  • indirect speech — noun reported speech …   Wiktionary

  • indirect speech — noun another term for reported speech …   English new terms dictionary

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