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Is it possible to say:

"Don't play on the grass boys," she said.

In a reported speech mode?

  • It's quite possible to say those words. But in writing, you can't "nest" double quote marks. So if that's what you're asking about, there's your answer. Otherwise, perhaps you could edit to put the text you're asking about on a line on its own, and remove the "outer" quote marks. Then we'll know what exactly you're asking. – FumbleFingers Reinstate Monica Apr 2 '18 at 16:52
  • Normally we'd report the command as "She said not to play on the grass". – Tᴚoɯɐuo Apr 2 '18 at 19:42
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Yes, it is possible. And in fact it's quite common in literature. It's a direct reported speech": (English Grammar Today - Cambridge dictionary)

‘I’ve been working,’ she said. ✅

‘What happened to make her so angry?’ he asked.✅

He said, ‘Jane will be late.’✅

All of above are correct and they were taken from the source that was mentioned above. For further reading about different types of speech, read here.

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