25 Alternative ways to say “said”

Learning a language isn’t just learning grammar and making sure that you reproduce the words in the correct order, but rather about vocabulary variety too. In English, people often use the word “said” to indicate that someone has been talking, but the English language has hundreds of other verbs to get this idea across. This post aims to introduce you to 25 alternatives so that you can not only learn new vocabulary, but also try to incorporate it into your own English.


This is when we say that something is true but in a confident way.

There will be no pay increases until next year, affirmed our boss.


The meaning of this is when we say or accuse someone of doing something wrong, although they haven’t yet been proven guilty.

The robber had a blue jumper on, the eyewitness alleged.


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.


This can be a written or spoken statement that expresses an opinion about someone or something.

“I loved your speech!”, Sarah commented to Dave.


When we wish to openly and freely express who we are or something we have done, we can use this verb.

I am a fan of the Spice girls, confessed Rebecca.


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.


When we want to give more details about something or be more specific about a certain part of something, we can use this verb.

My boss elaborated that next month’s budget must be ready but Tuesday.


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.


When someone is angry, this verb can be used in place of “said” to express the anger.

“Why can’t I go to the party?”, fumed Jenny in anger at being grounded.


By using this verb, the interlocutor is effectively promising that what they say is fact or will be promised.

“It’s an offer you can’t turn down”, guaranteed my boss.


When people are in love, this is a common way to say things as it means to say something in an enthusiastic, loving way.

“I love you”, gushed Stephanie to her boyfriend.


If we want to say something in a way 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.


People may express what they are saying in this way after some bad news as it means that something is said in a loud and angry way.

Sarah howled that she couldn’t go on, after she was told the sad news.


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 to his brother when he couldn’t make up his mind.


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 police.


Football players, for example, don’t often make the best tackles or choices which is why jeered would be suitable in such a circumstance as it means to shout insulting words at someone.

“Boo”, jeered the crowd, when the player scored an own goal.


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.


If someone mentions something, they do it in a perhaps subtle way which is not obvious to suggest something to the interlocutor.

Kyle mentioned that he would like to do something fun for his birthday


Using “moaned” in place of “said” implies that someone is trying to express unhappiness about a particular situation or occurrence

The children moaned “it wasn’t fair”, after their toys were confiscated by the teacher.


This means that someone refuses to accept in a rather rude way what someone else is saying

“That was not what happened at all”, rebuffed the witness when questioned by police.


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.


This verb is used to make something seem good or attractive in English to convince someone to do something too.

Julia recommended that we should watch the film at night to make it seem scarier.


This verb is used instead of “say” because it is used to express a point that has already been mentioned previously to emphasise it.

“You’re not getting next week off”, reiterated my boss after I asked him about the holidays for the final time.


Using the verb “to praise” instead of the verb “to say” is done to express approval of someone or something.

“The emergency services have done a fantastic job”, praised the mayor.


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 Jayne to her son before he went travelling in Spain.

Now it’s your turn…

Now that you know 25 other ways to express “said” in English, you should try to memorise them and their contexts incorporating them into your own use of English. In addition to this and other posts on the ABA Journal, remember that you can also sign up to the ABA English course for free where you will get access to 144 free video classes which will teach you grammar from beginner to advanced. What are you waiting for? Sign up and start learning with ABA today


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