Not so common reporting verbs

In informal spoken reports, say, think and ask are the most common reporting verbs. These verbs can go before sentences or between clauses.

  • She asked me what I was doing there.
  • He said that he wouldn’t go.
  • I thought that it was funny.

A much wider variety of reporting verbs are also available in English. If you repeat the reporting verbs say and think, your writing and speech will become boring after a while.

The reporting verbs given in this lesson are not very common, but they are quite useful.

To say something suddenly

Use a reporting verb like blurt, exclaim or snap to suggest that somebody said something suddenly.

Blurt

To blurt something out is to say something suddenly without thinking about the consequences.

  • She blurted out his name.

To snap is to speak to someone in a sudden, angry way.

  • ‘Who do you think you are?’ he snapped angrily.

Exclaim

To exclaim is to say something suddenly and loudly, especially because you are surprised, impressed, upset, angry etc

  • ‘Hurrah!’ Jack exclaimed. ‘We’ve won!’

Giving advice, opinion etc.

Some common reporting verbs used to give advice or express your opinion are: advise, argue, caution, note, observe, warn etc.

  • The mother cautioned the child to be careful while crossing the road.
  • The teacher warned the students to be extra careful while handling harmful chemicals.

Say loudly

The following reporting verbs can be used to suggest that somebody said something loudly: exclaim, bellow, call, cry, scream, shout, yell

Bellow

To bellow is to shout something loudly.

  • ‘I won’t go!’ he bellowed.

Scream

To scream is to make a loud cry because you are frightened or hurt.

  • When he saw a dark figure moving towards him, the boy screamed in horror.

Yell

To yell is to say something in a loud voice.

  • Why are you yelling at me?

Shout

To shout is to say something loudly.

  • He shouted that he was busy.
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