Is it correct to say the following sentence:
A week ago I went to the shops to buy some butter and all of a sudden I saw that ‘two men are walking towards me’.
Here I used ‘are’ because the statement is inside the inverted commas. The same concept which is used in direct speech. Such as:
John said to Kate, “I am hungry”.
So is it correct to use 'are' in the aforementioned scenario?