Direct and indirect speech: Reporting verb

Reporting verb is the verb which reports the speech.

  • She said, „I am fine.“ (Reporting verb: said)
  • He asked, „Can I have more of that cheese?“ (Reporting verb: asked)
  • She says, „I am going.“ (Reporting verb: says)

Said is preferred when there is no object.

  • He said that he was fine.

Tell/told is used when you say who is/was being spoken to.

  • He told me that he was fine.

We use talk and speak when we are referring to the action of communicating.

  • He talked to us.
  • She was speaking on the telephone.

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