Are you looking for more ways to say ‘said?’ Then you’ve come to the right place! In this article, you’ll learn alternative verbs to use instead.
Read on to learn 71 more ways to say ‘said.’
When you’re writing dialogue, you can find yourself using the verb ‘said’ repeatedly.
“I’m going to the store,” said Dylan.
As you can see, 'said' is used to report direct or indirect speech. And while this is perfectly fine, the word ‘said’ is a little bland, and there are much better words you could be using. Words that draw the reader in and convey the speaker’s emotions.
So without further ado, let’s learn 71 new ways to say ‘said.’ These are all in the past indefinite to keep the tense consistent with the verb ‘said.’
If your character is speaking with a raised voice or with increased emotions such as fear or anger, you can use one of the following expressions:
When someone speaks very quietly, either because they are shy or perhaps because they want to say something spiteful, you can use one of the following words:
All the words below imply the character is smiling while they speak. This could be because they’re telling a joke, making fun of someone, using sarcasm, or plotting an evil plan.
Use the following if the speaker is mean or, at the very least, is having a mean moment. For instance, they might be bullying another character or releasing anger.
When characters are in a dubious position, they might need to ask for help or someone’s mercy. In situations like those, you can use the following.
Now we have some new words to use instead of ‘said,’ let’s have a look at how some of these might look in a sentence.
We’ll look at an example of a word from each category.
Tim argued that the best place to have lunch was the Italian place due to their great coffee.
“Watch out, they have knives!” yelled Lucy.
“I’m trying to sell the house,” she whispered so that Greg didn’t hear.
“Are we going to talk about the elephant in the room?” wisecracked Joe.
“I can’t believe you got an F in the biology exam; it was a piece of cake!” mocked Julian.
“Please can we sail your boat this weekend?” begged his daughter.
Well, that concludes this article on ways to say 'said.' Hopefully, you can now see that you'll, in fact, never run out of ways to say it. There are so many different verbs you can use.
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