What is Direct and Indirect Statement?

What is Direct and Indirect Statement?

What I perceived from your question that you are asking about direct and indirect speech. Both are explained below:

There are two ways to answer a question:

· Direct speech by repeating or quoting the same words.

· Indirect speech by reporting the spoken words.

Direct Speech:
In direct speech we repeat, or quote, the words as it is spoken by someone. While using direct speech in writing, we put the words spoken between inverted commas ("....").


She said "When you will be at home?"
And I said "I don't know! "
"There's a fly in my tea!" screamed Ali.

Reported Speech or indirect Speech:
In direct speech is used to talk about the past, so we normally change the tense of the spoken words. We use reporting verbs like 'say', 'tell', 'ask', and we may use the word 'that' to introduce the reported words. Inverted commas are not used.

For instance; she said, "I saw him." Will be changed into She said that she had seen him.

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