Reported speech & quoting someone's words

Reply Wed 2 Jan, 2019 07:32 am
What is the difference between "reported speech" and "quoting someone's words"?

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Reply Wed 2 Jan, 2019 08:45 am
It all depends whether or not you use direct or indirect speech. Direct speech quotes them, indirect gives the gist of what they said.

This is from a BBC sports article.

Chelsea teenager Callum Hudson-Odoi has the potential to become one of the best players in Europe, according to manager Maurizio Sarri.

The above is indirect speech. It says what Sarri said about Hudson-Odoi without going into specifics.

Later on in the article direct speech is used, Sarri is quoted.

"He's a very good player, the potential is for becoming a great player, and now he has to improve," Sarri said.

"He has to improve, I think, in movement without the ball.

"As a winger, he has to improve in the defensive phase, but he has the potential to become a very important player, not only for English football I think but for European football."

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