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579. Verbs and other expressions of knowing, thinking, telling, and perceiving,1 govern the Indirect Discourse.

Note.-- Inquam, said I (etc.) takes the Direct Discourse except in poetry.

Declaratory Sentences in Indirect Discourse

1 Such are: (1) knowing, sciō , cōgnōscō , compertum habeō , etc.; (2) thinking, putō , exīstimō , arbitror , etc.; (3) telling, dīcō , nūntiō , referō , polliceor , prōmittō , certiōrem faciō , etc.; (4) perceiving, sentiō , comperiō , videō, audiō, etc. So in general any word that denotes thought or mental and visual perception or their expression may govern the Indirect Discourse.

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