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Kenneth Beare

What Did Dad Say?

By February 25, 2013

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"We need to get a puppy!" - This phrase might make any child happy. If the child asked the mother "What did Dad say?", she might reply:

Dad says we need to get a puppy.
Dad said we needed to get a puppy.

Both phrases are examples of reported speech, also known as direct speech. Learn more about how to form reported speech, test your knowledge with a reported speech quiz, or teach a class with this reported speech lesson plan.


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