"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.