indirect discourse

indirect discourse

noun
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.
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indirect speech or esp (US) indirect discourse
 
n
Also called: reported speech 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?"
 
indirect discourse or esp (US) indirect discourse
 
n

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