English Grammar Direct Indirect Speech Introduction

Introduction

The act of communicating or expressing thoughts through spoken words is called speech.

Speech can be categorized into Direct and Indirect Speech.

When the exact words spoken by a speaker are quoted then it is called direct speech. The spoken words are placed between double quotes (“”).

For example,

  • Radha said, “There is a beautiful eco-tourism park in Kolkata”.

In this sentence, Radha told the listener about a beautiful park in Kolkata. This is an example of Direct Speech because the words are kept exactly the same as spoken by Radha.

Now the same sentence can be spoken by a third person as-

  • Radha told that there was a beautiful eco-tourism park in Kolkata.

This is an example of Indirect Speech. In Indirect Speech, the speech is quoted by a reporter in their own words (without using the exact words spoken by the speaker) without using double quotes.

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