direct speech

direct speech
,direct `speech noun uncount BRITISH LINGUISTICS

Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.

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  • direct speech — or (US) direct discourse noun Speech reported as spoken, in the very words of the speaker (L ōrātiō rēcta) • • • Main Entry: ↑direct * * * diˌrect ˈspeech [direct speech] noun …   Useful english dictionary

  • Direct speech — Direct or quoted speech is a sentence (or several sentences) that reports speech or thought in its original form, as phrased by the first speaker.[1] It is usually enclosed in quotation marks. The cited speaker is either mentioned in the inquit… …   Wikipedia

  • direct speech — direct′ speech′ n. gram. a representation of speech in which the speaker s exact words are quoted, as in She said, “I m not going.” Also called direct discourse Compare indirect speech …   From formal English to slang

  • direct speech — ► NOUN ▪ the reporting of speech by repeating the actual words of a speaker, for example ‘I m going’, she said. Contrasted with REPORTED SPEECH(Cf. ↑reported speech) …   English terms dictionary

  • direct speech — N UNCOUNT In grammar, direct speech is speech which is reported by using the exact words that the speaker used. [mainly BRIT] (in AM, usually use direct discourse) …   English dictionary

  • direct speech — noun (U) technical the style used to report what someone says by giving their actual words, for example I don t want to go, said Julie; direct discourse AmE compare indirect speech, reported speech …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • direct speech — di.rect speech n [U] speech reported using the actual words spoken, as in I don t want to go, said Julie. →↑indirect speech, ↑reported speech …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • direct speech — /dərɛkt ˈspitʃ/ (say duhrekt speech) noun the speech or writing of another quoted verbatim. Compare indirect speech …  

  • direct speech — noun the reporting of speech by repeating the actual words of a speaker, for example ‘I m going,’ she said. Contrasted with reported speech …   English new terms dictionary

  • direct speech — noun the writing of speech, using the exact words of the speaker, usually between quotation marks …   Wiktionary

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