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.

Nearby words

  1. indirect,
  2. indirect address,
  3. indirect characterization,
  4. indirect cost,
  5. indirect costs,
  6. indirect evidence,
  7. indirect fracture,
  8. indirect free kick,
  9. indirect hemagglutination test,
  10. indirect initiative


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