Reported speech is also known as indirect speech and is commonly used in spoken conversations to report what others have said. The use of reported speech is especially important at higher English levels. Students usually need to focus not only on the grammar involved but also on production skills. Reported speech includes some rather tricky transformations that need to be practiced repeatedly before students feel comfortable using reported speech in everyday conversations.
Indirect speech focuses more on the content of what someone said rather than their exact words. In indirect speech , the structure of the reported clause depends on whether the speaker is reporting a statement, a question or a command. I told them that I was tired. Indirect reports of statements consist of a reporting clause and a that -clause.
Keep reading to understand how to use reported speech and download this free English lesson! For example:. I will be late because there is a lot of traffic now.
When you start to learn to write dialogue, it seems simple. All you need to do is add a reporting verb or dialogue tag. You probably learned this at high school. When a character speaks lines of dialogue, you put a double quotation mark at the beginning and end. When you write dialogue , you are using direct speech.