Meaning of REPORTED SPEECH in English
- REPORTED SPEECH
(also ˌindirect ˈspeech ) noun
[ U ] ( grammar ) a report of what sb has said that does not use their exact words :
In reported speech, 'I'll come later' becomes 'He said he'd come later'.
Oxford Advanced Learner's English Dictionary. Оксфордский английский словарь для изучающик язык на продвинутом уровне. 2005