I have a question regarding the sentence below.
If you say “I hate grammar,” you mean “I have a lot of difficulties with understanding rules how to use words correctly.”
Is it direct speech after the word say? Is it direct speech after the word mean? (You here is used as one — "if one says.") Should I use a comma after say and/or mean? What about quotation marks?
edit: Additional question. What about the word think? An example: He thought, "Where should I go?" Is it direct speech?