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
9 Alternative Verbs for Speaking
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 admit that you have done something wrong
Example: He confessed that it was him who stole the money.
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 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 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 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 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 shout very loudly
Example: ‘Pass the ball! Pass it!’ the football coach yelled.
to talk with someone in a friendly way, usually about things that are not important
Example: I spent all afternoon chatting with friends.