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Direct Object And Direct Speech

August 24th, 2019 in English Grammar

Direct Speech

Speech reported directly in the words used by the original speaker, without any changes in tenses, pronouns etc.

• She said, ‘I am going.’

• ‘Will you please help me?’ Ann asked.

• He said, ‘I want to go home.’

• ‘I am fed up’, Susie said.

In writing, direct speech is enclosed within quotation marks. It is separated from the reporting portion by a comma.


We often leave out words to avoid repetition or in other cases when the meaning can be understood without them. This is called ellipsis.

• Nice day, isn’t it? (= It is a nice day, isn’t it?)

•Seems we have a problem. (= It seems we have a problem.)

•Seen Ann? (= Have you seen Ann?)

•Doesn’t know what she is talking about. (= She doesn’t know what she is talking about.)