Die direkte Rede - direct speech - gibt wörtlich wieder, was jemand sagt oder denkt. Die wörtliche Rede steht dabei in Anführungszeichen. Bei der indirekten Rede (reported speech) stehen jedoch keine Anführungszeichen.
- Anthony said: “I hate maths lessons.” / Anthony said that he hated maths lessons.
- Tom said: "I went to the denitst's yesterday." / Tom says (that) he went to the dentist's the day before.
- Helen: "I am married but I haven't any children." / Helen answered (that) she is married but she hasn't any children.