Perspective shift

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Perspective shift occurs in reported speech.[1]

  • Anna (to Bob): "I go to the park twice a week".
  • Bob (to Charlie): "Anna said she goes to the park twice a week"

The underlined pronoun she is shifted from the perspective; we wouldn’t usually say "Anna said I go to the park twice a week." unless it’s a direct quotation.

  1. (this may be technically known under a different name, but it’s a real thing, see the main text