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Grammar challenger Dong Jun from South Korea

Reported speech
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:

Direct speech


Reported speech

"I'm from Spain."

Present Perfect
"I've been married for years."

"I stole it."


She told me that she was from Spain.

Past Perfect
He said he had been married for years.

Past Perfect
She admitted she had stolen it.

In direct speech we use inverted commas to show the exact words the person said.
For example:

"I'm from Spain."

In reported speech, we don't use inverted commas.


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