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In Grammar definitions, you will find a summary of basic reported speech.
This most commonly involves using the verbs say, tell and ask,
as well as changes of verb tenses, times, places and pronouns.
A native speaker of English, however,
will often use reporting verbs other than just say, tell and ask.
Find the most appropriate word for the gap.
Don't use say, tell, ask - find a better one!
- Mary finally
____________ why she had been late.
____________ that he had stolen the car.
____________ to come on time.
____________ that I had already told her the answer.
- The teacher simply
____________ the class to do it.
____________ to most of my questions.
____________ to give us a lift to the station.
- The teacher
____________ that wine came from grapes.
____________ that she couldn't help with the shopping because
she had already arranged to meet Caroline.
- Our scoutmaster
____________ at the end of his speech that we mustn't forget
to bring torches on the camping trip.
- "It was your fault."
The cyclist ____________ the bus driver for causing the accident.
- "You caused it."
The cyclist ____________ the bus driver of causing the accident.
- "Why don't we go to Italy?"
I ____________ going to Italy for our holidays, but everyone else wanted to go to Portugal.
- "We're getting engaged."
Christine and Harry
____________ at the party that they were getting engaged.
- "You should see a solicitor."
The landlord of my neighbour's flat wanted to double the rent, so I
____________ her to see a solicitor.
____________ to call off the strike if safety measures were introduced.
Some reporting verbs:
advise - encourage - invite - remind - warn - agree -
decide - offer - promise - refuse - threaten - admit -
agree - decide - deny - explain - insist -promise - recommend -
suggest - deny - recommend - suggest - accuse
- blame - congratulate apologize -insist
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