A poster giving the definition and examples of saying verbs.
Saying verbs indicate speaking. They can provide more information as to how things are being said, as in, “I’m really sorry,” sobbed Tony.
To say in anger: argued, asserted, barked, bellowed, challenged, commanded, complained, contended, criticized, debated, demanded, dictated, fumed, growled, grumbled, grunted, hissed, interrupted, lectured, objected, protested, ranted, roared, scolded, screamed, screeched, shouted, shrieked, snapped, snarled, sneered, snickered, snorted, threatened, warned, yelled.
To say excitedly: babbled, blurted, cried, exaggerated, exclaimed, gasped, gushed, jabbered, jested, joked, laughed, marveled, quipped, waffled.
To say remorsefully: apologized, appealed, bawled, begged, confessed, cried, fretted, howled, pleaded, sobbed, sputtered, stammered, wailed, whimpered, whispered.
Words to replace said: acknowledged, added, admitted, advised, affirmed, agreed, alleged, announced, answered, assured, bargained, began, boasted, bragged, cautioned, chanted, claimed, commented, concluded, confided, confirmed, consented, corrected, croaked, decided, declared, denied, echoed, elaborated, emphasized, explained, guessed, hinted, implied, inquired, insisted, instructed, lied, maintained, mentioned, moaned, mumbled, murmured, muttered, nagged, offered, ordered, predicted, promised, proposed, questioned, recalled, recommended, remembered, reminded, repeated, replied, reported, scoffed, sighed, stated, stressed, stuttered, suggested, surmised, sympathized, tattled, taunted, teased, told, urged, uttered, voiced, vouched, wondered.
Common Core Curriculum alignment
Distinguish shades of meaning among closely related verbs (e.g., toss, throw, hurl) and closely related adjectives (e.g., thin, slender, skinny, scrawny).
Explain the function of nouns, pronouns, verbs, adjectives, and adverbs in general and their functions in particular sentences.
Form and use regular and irregular verbs.
Form and use the progressive (e.g., I was walking; I am walking; I will be walking) verb tenses.
Form and use the perfect (e.g., I had walked; I have walked; I will have walked) verb tenses.
Use verb tense to convey various times, sequences, states, and condition
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