indirect\direct speech


#1

Hi,
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."”


#2

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?


#3

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.