Direct/Indirect Speech
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Direct and indirect speech are varieties of reported speech. In Ancient Greek, indirect speech may take different forms: a subordinate clause with a finite verb, an infinitive clause or a participle clause. In indirect speech, the optative mood often replaces the original mood of the verb after a past-tense verb of speaking.

1. Introduction

Direct and indirect speech are subtypes of reported speech. The distinction betwe…

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Eirik Welo, “Direct/Indirect Speech”, in: Encyclopedia of Ancient Greek Language and Linguistics, Managing Editors Online Edition: First Last. Consulted online on 20 January 2019 <>
First published online: 2013

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