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Direct speech refers to the direct quotation of something that someone else said. It is sometimes known as quoted speech. Because the quotation happened in the past, we put the reporting verb into the past simple tense, but we don’t change the verbs used within the quotation. We also punctuate sentences in a certain way when we use direct speech in writing.
(Grammar) the reporting of what someone has said or written by quoting his or her exact words
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a representation of speech in which the speaker's exact words are quoted, as in She said, “I'm not going.” Also called direct discourse. Compare indirect speech.
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