Handout. reported speech
A handout to accompany the navigation support document on reported speech
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.
Nature of work
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Here is a table to help you select the most suitable reporting verbs