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reported speech

noun [U]  /rɪˈpɔr·tɪd ˈspitʃ, -ˈpoʊrt/ ( also indirect speech) us  
English a description of what someone has said without using the exact words used: The sentence "He told me that he would like to go" is an example of reported speech.
Translations of “reported speech”
in Korean (문법) 간접 화법…
in Arabic كَلام غَير مُباشِر…
in Portuguese discurso indireto…
in Catalan estil indirecte…
in Japanese (文法)間接話法…
in Italian discorso indiretto…
in Chinese (Traditional) 間接引語…
in Russian косвенная речь…
in Turkish dolaylı aktarım/anlatım…
in Chinese (Simplified) 间接引语…
in Polish mowa zależna…
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