what are direct and indirect speech

Asked by afshanatther | 17th Dec, 2015, 08:44: PM

Expert Answer:

Sentence 1: Mother said, "Jamie, please take off your jacket and sit near the fireplace,"
 
Sentence 2: Mother asked Jamie to take off her jacket and sit near the fireplace.
 
Sentence 1 is an example of direct speech while sentence 2 is an example of the reported (indirect) version of sentence 1. 
 
Direct Speech: Reports or quotes the exact words spoken. It uses quotation marks (" ") to state the exact words. 
Indirect Speech: Is used to talk about what has been spoken by someone in the past. It uses a reporting verb (said, asked) to introduce the reported words.

Answered by Snehal Naik | 18th Dec, 2015, 10:34: AM

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