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The Trapassato Prossimo and Indirect Speech

When we want to relate another person’s words or thoughts we have a few choices in both English and Italian. One option is to use direct speech. In direct speech we relate what someone else has said or thought by stating exactly what he/she said or thought. For example, in English we might say, Justin said to me, “I don’t want to go out tonight.” In that example, we are relating Justin’s exact words.

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