Reported speech – discours indirect


Let's Define It!

What's a *reported speech*?

A discours indirect (reported speech) is when someone's words are reported to someone else through the use of an introductory verb followed by que.

For example:

Marie dit que sa mère est allée au supermarché. (Marie says that her mother went to the supermarket)

By contrast, the following sentence quoted directly (direct speech) will be:

Marie dit: "Ma mère est allée au supermarché" (Marie said: "My mother went to the supermarket) --

Notice the presence of quotation marks that encapsulate Marie's actual words (in French actually, we use the guillemets). Notice also the appearance of the colons (deux points before quoting the exact words).


Let's Pronounce It!

What does it sound like in French?


Let's Have an Example or Two!

Can a little reinforcement do the trick?

The following two sentences are reported speech:

  • Eric dit qu'il n'a plus faim". / Eric said he is no longer hungry.
  • L'accusé déclara qu'il était innocent et qu'il n'avait rien à cacher. / The defendant declared that he was innocent and that he had nothing to hide.



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