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indirect discourse

[ in-di-rekt-dis-kawrs ]
/ ˈɪn dɪˈrɛkt ˈdɪs kɔrs /
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noun
the reporting of what a speaker said consisting not of the speaker's exact words but of a version transformed for grammatical inclusion in a larger sentence, as inShe said she was not at all hungry.
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Also called in·di·rect speech [in-di-rekt-speech], /ˈɪn dɪˈrɛkt ˈspitʃ/, re·port·ed speech [ri-pawr-tid speech] /rɪˈpɔr tɪd ˈspitʃ/ .

Origin of indirect discourse

First recorded in 1845–50
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