Definition of indirect speech in English:

indirect speech


  • another term for reported speech
    • ‘Their problem is to understand when people talk in indirect speech and use irony, idioms and metaphors because they take each sentence literally.’
    • ‘Searle generally categorizes such examples as indirect speech, whereas Habermas does not count them as communicative action.’
    • ‘Today, they slyly tried to report indirect speech as direct speech.’
    • ‘It is not used in indirect speech, because a reported question is part of a statement: I asked you whether you wanted more to eat.’
    • ‘There was a lot of indirect speech, and long passages of dense prose.’


indirect speech