Suppose we want to tell what some person has said

We have 2 options

  • Tell his exact dialogue
  • Tell what he has said in our own words


First One is Direct

Second One is Indirect






Example 1

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Example 2

She said "I like you"

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Difference Direct and Indirect Speech

Direct Speech Indirect Speech
We tell exact words
We tell in our own words
It is in " "(Inverted Commas)
We normally use word 'said that'


  1. English
  2. Grammar

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CA Maninder Singh is a Chartered Accountant for the past 10 years and a teacher from the past 16 years. He teaches Spoken English, Written English, Grammar and Vocabulary at Englishtan.