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Mei complained that she didn't understand the task assigned to her.

Mei complained, "I don't understand how to complete this assignment."

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There are important differences between direct and indirect quotes. 

..... the use of quotation marks

Indirect quotes do not use quotation marks.

Direct quotes use quotation marks.

the use of verb tense

Indirect quotes remain in the same tense as the tense of the narration, which is usually the past tense.

Direct quotes are in the exact tense in which they are written or spoken.

the use of exact words

Indirect quotes do not use the exact words of the person who spoke them.

Direct quotes use the exact words of the original speaker or writer. 

Changing Direct Quotes into Indirect Quotes

Sometimes, a job can be overwhelming! 

Mei's boss told her, "Mei, you need to perform a very complicated design project.  You are expected to have the task completed by the end of the week."  

Mei went to her boss.  She complained, "I don't understand what you expect me to accomplish. I have not been trained to work with such a complex design framework." 

Her boss responded, "It is your responsibility to research how such a project can be accomplished."

Mei responded, "I'll try!" 

 

Sometimes, a job can be overwhelming! 

Mei's boss told her that she needed to perform a very complicated design project.  He told her that she was expected to have the task completed by the end of the week.  

Mei went to her boss to complain that she did not understand what he expected her to accomplish.  She told him that she had not been trained to work with such a complex design framework. 

Her boss responded that it was her responsibility to research how such a project  could be accomplished.        

Mei responded that she would try. 

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