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indirect discourse

noun
1.
discourse consisting not of an exact quotation of a speaker's words but of a version transformed from them for grammatical inclusion in a larger sentence. He said he was hungry is an example of indirect discourse.
Compare direct discourse.
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British Dictionary definitions for indirect discourse

indirect speech

noun
1.
the reporting of something said or written by conveying what was meant rather than repeating the exact words, as in the sentence He asked me whether I would go as opposed to He asked me, "Will you go?" Also called reported speech
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