Asked • 04/24/19

Term for Indirect Dialogue?

There are two different types of dialogue I'm aware of, that for the moment I'll refer to as 'direct' dialogue and 'indirect' dialogue. However, I know these terms aren't the correct ones, and it's been driving me crazy not being able to remember.An example would probably be best.'Direct' dialogue: "I don't want to do that," he said.'Indirect' dialogue: He said that he didn't want to do that.One form uses quotes to show explicitly what was said by the person; the other merely states that the person said something, without giving their words exactly. What are the proper terms for these two methods of displaying dialogue?Thanks!

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