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Kshema Jose
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Language, Grammar and Vocabulary
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College / Upper Division
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Grammar
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Handout. reported speech

Handout. reported speech

Overview

A handout to accompany the navigation support document on reported speech 

Grammar

Handout

Choosing reporting verbs

When reporting someone’s speech, you should choose the right reporting verb as this can strengthen the reported speech by giving the reader an idea of the context.

Reporting verbs communicate to the reader the intent, feeling or purpose of the speaker.  When writing an academic paper while quoting or paraphrasing sources, reporting verbs can express the writer's position.

Choose them carefully. Some verbs are neutral, some reflect the speaker’s viewpoint, while some others give information about the nature of the writer’s work.

Neutral

 

Speaker’s viewpoint

Nature of work

 

Smith describes

Jones states

Green defines

Clerk noted

McAllister recognised

 

Rahim concludes

Gehena pointed out

Suran reported

Sim showed

Sivan indicates

Simmins commented

Mariam observes

Brown believes

 

Mayer criticised

Silvia demonstrates

Netra illustrates

Smith predicted

Hayes analysed

Stevens compares 

Raymen discussed

Holmes investigated

Chiner evaluated

McColl estimated

Harris argues

O'Neill disputed

Jackson conceded

Ted suggested

Bloke validates

Reethi verified

 

 

Here is a table to help you select the most suitable reporting verbs

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