Different ways to say ‘said’

In any language, we often find ourselves saying what others have said. That is why we have gathered this collection of different ways to say “said” so that you can add some emotion to your language. Here we are discussing English vocabulary choices around a simple word ‘said’.

What They Said

This collection of words to say “said” are excellent ways to report what someone else has said while adding a bit of extra information about how they said it.

Affirmed

When we say that something is true but in a confident way, we affirm it. “There will be no pay increases until next year,” affirmed our boss.

Alleged

This is when we say or accuse someone of doing something wrong, even though they have not yet been proven guilty. The eyewitness alleged that the robber had a blue jumper on.

Announced

This is when something is made known in a public or formal way. The government has just announced that it will increase public spending next month.

Commented

This can be a written or spoken statement that expresses an opinion about someone or something. “I loved your speech!” Sarah commented to Dave.

Confessed

When we wish to openly and freely express who we are or something we have done, we can use this verb. “I am a Spice Girls fan,” confessed Rebecca.

Divulged

If we wish to make certain information available to someone, we can use this verb. “It’s going to be a difficult week,” divulged James to Bryan.

Elaborated

This verb is perfect for when we want to give more details about something or to be more specific about a certain part of something. My boss elaborated that next month’s budget must be ready by Tuesday.

Guaranteed

By using this verb, the speaker is effectively promising that what they say is a fact or is being promised. “It’s an offer you can’t turn down,” guaranteed my boss.

Hinted

If we want to say something to give a piece of information in a direct or indirect way, we can use this verb. David hinted to his sister that she might receive a good present for her birthday.

Mentioned

If someone mentions something, they do it in a subtle way to suggest something to the person that they are speaking to. Kyle mentioned that he would like to do something fun for his birthday

Said With Feeling

To say what emotion was used when speaking, there are a number of wonderful verbs to do so.

Gushed

This is a common way to say things when people are in love, as it means to say something in an enthusiastic, loving way. “I love you,” gushed Stephanie to her boyfriend.

Implored

Generally, if we want someone to think hard about our advice, we could use this verb as it means to say something as a serious or emotional request. “You have to do what is best for you,” implored Michael.

Insisted

When someone wishes to say something in a forceful way that does not allow for any disagreement, then this verb can be used. “I didn’t do it!” insisted the suspect to the police.

Jeered

Jeered is often used in the context of sports because it means to shout insulting words at someone. “Boo!” jeered the crowd when the player on the opposite team scored a goal.

Moaned

Using “moaned” in place of “said” implies that someone is trying to express unhappiness about a particular situation or occurrence The children moaned that it wasn’t fair after all their toys were confiscated by the teacher.

Angry Said Words

Sadly, many things are said in anger. These verbs can help to mark what kind of anger was behind what was being said.

Exploded

This verb can be used in place of “said” if someone wishes to express emotion in a sudden and violent way. “Don’t touch my stuff!” exploded Jenny to her brother.

Fumed

When someone is angry, this verb can be used to express that anger. “Why can’t I go to the party?” fumed Jenny after being grounded.

Howled

People use this verb after hearing some bad news as it means that something is said in a loud and angry way. Sarah howled that she could not go on after hearing the devastating news.

Lectured

This is when someone talks to somebody else in a serious or angry way, perhaps to criticise their behaviour. “You should know better,” lectured John to his daughter after he caught her fighting with her younger brother.

Rebuffed

This means that someone refuses to accept what someone else is saying in a rather rude way. “That was not what happened at all,” rebuffed the witness when questioned by police.

Say It Again

Not only do we repeat what others have said, but what we are saying is a repetition as well. These two verbs are a great way to say “repeat”, but with more style.

Recited

This verb means that something is read out loud, normally from memory, for a group of people or an audience. Fred recited the poem to his friends in such a soothing manner they were practically falling asleep.

Reiterated

This verb is used instead of “say” because it is used to express a point that has already been mentioned previously, for emphasis. “You’re not getting next week off,” reiterated my boss after I asked him about the holidays for a second time.

Speak Positively

After so many different feelings, it is important to note how to say things in a positive manner.

Recommended

This verb is used to make something seem good or attractive to convince someone else to do something, too. Julia recommended watching the film at night to make it seem even scarier.

Praised

Using “praised” instead of “said” is done to express real approval of someone or something. “The emergency services have done a fantastic job!” praised the mayor.

Preached

We use this verb to speak about something in an approving way or to confirm that something is good or necessary. “You’ll have the best time in Spain,” preached Jane to her son before he left for his travels

As you would have observed that there are many different ways to say ‘said’ and using these choices one can make their language of communication elegant. All Srishti’s courses are designed to use various words of vocabulary in different context and you can check out here for the bouquet of courses.

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