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Натолкнувшийся на меня Фарсад, невесело улыбнулся – мол, не у одного тебя кошки на душе скребут, потом вдруг со всего размаха врезал меня по плечу, и проговорил:

As particles to mark reported speech, how do they differ in usage?

As to "мол", does only context -- regardless of punctuation -- help determine which part of a sentence is such reported speech?

Натолкнувшийся на меня Фарсад, невесело улыбнулся – мол, не у одного тебя кошки на душе скребут, потом вдруг со всего размаха врезал меня по плечу, и проговорил:

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  • мол always precedes the reported speech, another one is дЕскать, enclitic де which is inserted into the reported speech is archaic and not used in modern language, admittedly the other two aren't exactly popular either – Баян Купи-ка Oct 24 '18 at 6:38
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-де is added to a word as a postfix, while мол, can precede a whole phrase or be inserted between words. The phrase should express reported speech or an allusion to someone else's words.

As -де tends to be an archaism now, it is stylistically demanding, and can sometimes be used to make the sentence a bit offencive. But a hundred years ago it was not offencive.

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  • I think "confrontational" would describe it better than "offensive". – Nikolay Ershov Oct 24 '18 at 13:57
  • maybe rather skeptical and distrustful, but in fact all these words have undertone of skepticism and distrust in varying degree – Баян Купи-ка Oct 24 '18 at 14:52

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