If someone tells you something and you want to tell another person, can use 'direct speech' or 'reported speech'. Find out the differences in this programme.
Our challenger is Dong Jun from South Korea who plays the role of a spy who has to pass on important information about a conversation to his boss.
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In reported speech, we usually put the verb in the reported clause back one tense:
In direct speech we use inverted commas to show the exact words the person said.
"I'm from Spain."
In reported speech, we don't use inverted commas.
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