ADVANCED REPORTED SPEECH VERBS

by Shweta Ramkumar

Verbs used in reported speech aren’t solely limited to “said” and “told”. Depending on the context and situation, more advanced and relevant vocabulary words can be used to ‘report’ what exactly was said by someone at any given time

Announced – This is commonly used when people are sharing an update or significant live change or event to a large group of people. For example, “The couple announced their pregnancy at the family reunion”

Complained – This is used when giving negative feedback about an experience. While it can be used with the “I” pronoun (I complained), it can be applied equally in reported speech situations. For instance, “The guests complained about the noise level at the hotel”.

Suggested – This applies when a person is giving a suggestion or recommendation to someone. For example, “His father suggested that he should join the family business”

Claimed – This is used when someone takes ownership and responsibility about something they know or have done. Eg, “They claimed to know the key suspect behind the murder”.

Encouraged – This is used in a positive light to motivate someone to make a certain choice, decision of action. For example, “Our parents always encouraged us to follow our dreams”.

There are several other verbs commonly used in reported speech

Blessed

Thanked

Asked

Apologized

Requested

Advised

Informed

Exclaimed

Commented

Proposed

Replied

Added

Wished

Opposed

Greeted

Explained

Prayed

Praised

Persuaded

Admired

Promised

Refused

Begged

Offered

Threatened

Allowed

Reported

Invited

Insisted

Inquired

Instructed

Wondered

Ordered

Commanded

Warned

Reminded

Admitted

Argued

Urged

Pleaded

Answered

Repeated

Agreed

Boasted

Confirmed

Considered

Denied

Doubted

Estimated

Feared

Mentioned

Observed

Remarked

Remembered

Revealed

Stated

Decided

Expected

Guaranteed

Demanded

Recommended

Guessed

Believed

Responded

Accused

Alleged

Blamed

Criticized

Developed

Accepted

Conceded

Acknowledged

Recognized

Assumed

Discovered

Inferred

Concluded

Disagreed

Any other reported speech words you know of, have used and would like to add to the list ?

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