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Questions tagged [direct-speech]

For questions about text that quotes the exact words that someone has spoken.

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“Where my sister was” vs. “Where was my sister”

He asked me: Where my sister was. or He asked me: Where was my sister. Are both correct? If one of them is not correct, what is the reason for that?
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The relation between direct and indirect speech

‘Mary, I want to take you out to dinner,’ he had lied, to break the frost. I would like to know what is the syntactic relation between the direct and indirect speech - whether there is any kind of ...
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Converting Direct Speech to Indirect Speech - “Our” to “Their”

Today, my teacher gave me a few rules on changing direct speech to indirect speech. One of the rules was - 1) Change pronouns - "Our" changes to "Their". After this I was given an exercise. I was ...
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Should the word “the” be capital or small after quotations?

“Do I have cancer?” The patient asked or "Do I have cancer?" the patient asked Should the word "the" be capital or small in this context?
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Expressing of two parallels events using past tense and direct speech

I have a question about advanced grammar, after my great previous experience here. Simply saying, I want to express that a guy is desperate, feeling under pressure and bad that someone is accusing him ...
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How to punctuate a phone call interrupted by transmission glitches?

As an example, 'Hi, it's John. (glitch) are you? Listen, I'm having a party (glitch) week and would like you to come over.' I would like to know in what ways (I'm sure there are more than one) ...
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Word order right after direct speech

“Why do you think it was him?” Mary asked. “Why do you think it was him?” asked Mary. Since both options are common in books, I’m sure they both are perfectly correct in terms of grammar. But is ...
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Do I need a comma for this quotation?

Do I need a comma before the quotation, or can I write without it? This is the sentence: Someone, not so long ago said, “Simply put: If you’re doing business with the biggest companies in the world,...
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What is the bade meaning in direct speech said or wished.?

Indirect speech :He bade his love good bye. A) He wished his love ,"Goodbye." or B)He said , " Goodbye my love."
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“May” versus “might”

Direct speech: "You may borrow my car for a day." I would like to convert this to indirect speech. Which option is more appropriate? A) He permitted to borrow his car for a day. or B) He told ...
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Using Verb in past tense with 'had better' in indirect narration

This sentence is from an direct to indirect narration conversion exercise. As you can see the exercise has marked C as correct answer but I suspect it to be wrong as I never came across any sentence ...
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Punctuation in direct speech (?) when you're not quoting anyone

Sorry, the question was pretty much confusing at best. Rather then editing it I decided to rephrase it from scratch. There are times when you're not quoting a person (or a book). Let me borrow a ...
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Any possibility for simplified punctuation in direct speech?

Not sure I'm asking about direct speech here, though. Consider the sentence: And then I thought, why do I even need this? I believe I run into sentences like this occasionally. The correct way ...
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Changing reported speech into direct speech

The boy pleaded that he had not stolen the book. The Options given are The boy said "I don't steal the book".  The boy said "I didn't steal the book".  The boy said "I haven't stolen the ...
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Imperative in reported speech

I've been told that I should use simple past in reported speech when the direct speech is in simple present such as I **am** the best ~> He said he **was** the best but what happens for ...
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conversion of direct indirect speech having “let me…”

He said, "Let me ask you a question." How can be this sentence be converted to indirect speech? Should it be: He said that he should ask me a question.
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Direct To Indirect Speech : Conversion of 'do'?

I was practicing direct to indirect conversion, when I saw something peculiar in the sentences. Consider the sentence given below - 1) He said to me, "Where do you live?". I considered various ...
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Using comma before quotation without any speech verbs

I was browsing this WritingPrompt and stumbled upon this: The bartender put a palm on his waist, "Say what?" As seen from the above, before the dialogue, there are no speech/writing/thinking verbs ...
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After quotation, is putting “spoke” instead of “said” still grammatically correct?

For example: "She's upstairs," said Tom. What if spoke is put in the place of said? Meaning: "She's upstairs," spoke Tom. I haven't seen anything like that in books or anywhere really, but is ...
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“boomed the headlines” in the middle of two quoted sentences?

How should I parse the bold part of sentence? "Tall people more likely to get cancer", boomed the headlines, "Higher cancer risk for tall people". Source: Am I more likely to get cancer because I'...
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She said to the Headmistress,“Madam, forgive me my fault and let me appear at the exam”

She said to the Headmistress,"Madam, forgive me my fault and let me appear at the exam". How can I change this sentence into Indirect speech? Is it difficult to change a sentence into indirect speech?...
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Direct and indirect speech

Have I changed the direct speech into indirect correctly? Direct: He said,"If I had a pen,I could write the answer." Indirect: He said if he had had a pen,he could have written the answer." ...
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“Message/letter was read?” - Sentence help!

I am writing an essay and it needs to be in formal language, I am referring to a letter/message and I am supposed to quote it for the readers, but before jumping right into quoting that letter, I like ...
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Indirect speech of Imperative and Interrogative sentence

1 Direct speech: He said to me,"will you please help me? Answer 1: He requested me to help him. Answer 2: He asked me if I would help him. Which one is correct? I am confused if we consider first ...
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Usage of “General direction”

I heard this in a Monty Pythons sketch ("I fart in your general direction") and I understood its meaning, but I can't quite understand the "General" part of it. Does it mean that it isn't a perfect ...
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Change of speech “future tense”

1 Direct speech: He said,"I shall unlock the secrets of their success". Indirect speech(book answer): He said that he should unlock the secrets of their success. Indirect speech(my answer): He said ...
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Indirect Speech: Change of this

1: direct speech: He said to the judge," I did not commit this crime. Indirect speech(book answer): He told the judge that he had not committed the crime. Here book changes this into the. In many ...
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While quoting someone's statement, does the placement of “S/he said” matter?

Look at these sentences - Veronica said, "I'm not gonna give up for sure." OVER "I'm not gonna give up for sure", said Veronica. A person (a non native) said that putting said Veronica makes a ...
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How to report a question, both directly and indirectly

So, I'm walking down the street with a friend, who learns that my brother-in-law is a barber, and I go there to get my hair cut. My friend says, So, do you pay for those haircuts, or does he do it ...
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reported questions (direct)

We all know that the aim of the reported speech is to repeat what was exactly said. When the question begins with a question word (which, who, why, ...) we start our clause with it. Here are my ...
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Would you help me with these verbs?

Is the statement which I have put below right? The only two of the verbs to be followed immidiately by an indirect object are promise and tell. For instance : She promised/told that she would ...
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Direct answer to an indirect question in the past

Taking the indirect question: He asked, if she was there. What would be the direct answer when switching from reported to direct speech in a text? Tim responded: "Yes, she is." or "Yes,...
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Is this reported speech?

I have another question regarding reported speech. Are these sentences some kind of reported speech? "I was told that she knows/knew the whole story." If I turned it around, I think I could form a ...
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Using quotation marks in direct speech

My native language allows omitting quotation marks in sentences containing direct speech when the borderline between the "wrapper" sentence and the quoted speech is obvious and does not produce ...