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  • reported speech — noun Indirect speech • • • Main Entry: ↑report * * * reˌported ˈspeech [reported speech] (also ˌindirect ˈspeech) …   Useful english dictionary

  • reported speech — or indirect speech, is the reporting of what someone has said with a ‘reporting’ verb such as said, replied, cried, etc. In reported speech, the actual words spoken are usually changed with regard to the subject and tense of the verb to suit the… …   Modern English usage

  • reported speech — ► NOUN ▪ a speaker s words reported in a subordinate clause, with the required changes of person and tense (e.g. he said that he would go, based on I will go). Contrasted with DIRECT SPEECH(Cf. ↑direct speech) …   English terms dictionary

  • reported speech — re.ported speech n [U] technical in grammar, words that are used to tell what someone says without repeating their actual words. She said she didn t feel well is an example of reported speech = ↑indirect speech ≠ ↑direct speech …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • reported speech — noun 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 an reported speech it would become Fred said that he would do the housework. Syn: indirect …   Wiktionary

  • reported speech — N UNCOUNT Reported 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 . [BRIT] Syn …   English dictionary

  • reported speech — 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). Contrasted with direct speech …   English new terms dictionary

  • reported speech — noun (U) the style of speech or writing used to report what someone says without repeating their actual words; indirect speech compare direct speech …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • reported speech — re|port|ed speech [ rı,pɔrtıd spitʃ ] noun uncount a method of stating what someone has said that does not repeat their actual words: INDIRECT SPEECH …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • reported speech — /rəpɔtəd ˈspitʃ/ (say ruhpawtuhd speech) noun → indirect speech …   Australian English dictionary

  • reported speech — [rɪˌpɔːtɪd ˈspiːtʃ] noun [U] linguistics a way of saying what someone has said that does not repeat their actual words Syn: indirect speech …   Dictionary for writing and speaking English

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