What is DIRECT SPEECH?
Consider the following sentence:
Rina said: “I don’t understand indirect speech. I need explanation about this lesson.”
The given sentence is in direct speech:
– The exact words of the speaker have been put within quotation marks ( ” ” )
– There is a colon ( : ) after ‘said’.
– The first word inside the quotation marks ( ” ” ) starts with a capital letter.
What is an INDIRECT SPEECH then?
Let’s take a look at the following sentence:
Rina said (that) she didn’t understand indirect speech. She needed explanation about that lesson.
In Indirect speech:
– The quotation marks as well as the colon after said are removed.
– The conjunction ‘that’ introduces to us the words (not exact) spoken by the speaker. However, the latest trend is to drop ‘that’
RULES FOR CHANGING DIRECT INTO INDIRECT SPEECH:
Get one thing straight…