9 Alternative Verbs for Speaking

Recent studies point out that 30% of our communication is speaking. There are many verbs in English that describe speaking. In this post you will learn 9 alternative verbs for speaking.

to annouce, to confess, to gossip, to grumble, to stutter, to swear, to yell and to chat

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9 Alternative Verbs for Speaking

TO ANNOUNCE

to give information to people via the public address system, for example at an airport, shopping centre, railway station

Example: A voice on the loudspeaker announced that our train was about to leave for Paris.

TO CONFESS

to admit that you have done something wrong

Example: He confessed that it was him who stole the money.

TO GOSSIP

to talk about others

Example: Don’t tell Sarah anything about your private life or the whole office will know within 24 hours. She gossips a lot.

TO GRUMBLE

to complain about something continuously

Example: ‘It’s always me, I’m always the one who has to do the washing-up!’ she grumbled. ‘Why can’t Peter do it for once?’

TO STUTTER

to have difficulty with pronouncing the first sound of a word, particularly if it is a consonant. People who stutter tend to repeat it a few times. 

Example: ‘W-w-when is the n-n-next b-b-bus, please?’ he stuttetered.

 

Alternative Verbs for Speaking

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TO SWEAR

to use rude and offensive language, particularly when you’re angry

Example: He swore loudly when he missed the nail and hit his thumb with the hammer instead.

TO WHISPER

to speak quietly using your breath rather than your throat

Example: ‘I love you’ he whispered quietly to his girlfriend, so that nobody on the bus could hear him.

TO YELL

to shout very loudly

Example: ‘Pass the ball! Pass it!’ the football coach yelled.

TO CHAT

to talk with someone in a friendly way, usually about things that are not important

Example: I spent all afternoon chatting with friends.

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More Information

For more information on English phrasal verbs, English idiomatic expressions and English grammar rules, check out the following links:

The Grammar of Phrasal Verbs

English Idioms about Decisions

Difference between Since and For

Free resources are always available at BBC Learning English.

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