indirect\direct speech


Don’t blame the sportspeople exclusively, indirect\direct speech patterns are often being mixed nowadays in my observation. Would you call it informal use\sub-standard English?..

“On if Stoke must pick up points against West Ham tonight: “Yeah. I don’t think we can afford to lose it."

On does he believe Stoke can survive: “Yeah yeah, absolutely."”


And that question again. “Ask yourself are you getting enough sleep?”—a BBC headline goes. Nice combo of ‘Ask yourself if are you getting enough sleep’ (full stop) and ‘Ask yourself: “Am I getting enough sleep?”’
(Very) Informal or substandard?


I wouldn’t lose sleep over it| I’d call it lively. That’s the beauty of English. You can take liberties and get away with it.