Crucial Communication Verbs In English

Learn 10 communication verbs in English. Crucial English verbs that are used in communication. 

These verbs are particularly useful if you want to improve your business English vocabulary and feel confident in formal English conversations.

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Communication verbs in English

These communication verbs in English are really important because. I’m going to tell you different ways in which you can communicate, and get your point across to other people.

I’ll give you those that there are 10 of them. And then I’ll go through them and give you examples of when you can use them in those sorts of situations.

to address

Meaning: to speak or write to someone; to give attention to something

  • address the audience
  • address the problem
  • address the group
  • address the key points


The head of the department addressed all the people that have gathered in the room to wish Joe happy retirement.

to present /prɪˈzent/

Meaning: to give, to offer, to show people the information in a clear way that it is understood

  • present the facts
  • present information
  • present the (sales) figures


He used the whiteboard to present the sales figures from the previous quarter.

Communication verbs in English

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to demonstrate

Meaning: to show or to explain something


Let me demonstrate why the sales have improved.

This is the latest model. Let me demonstrate how it works.

We’re upgrading our system. Somebody will come in from the software company to demonstrate exactly how it works.

to illustrate

Meaning: to get your message across more clearly, especially by giving examples

  • illustrate with a diagram
  • illustrate the point
  • illustrate by two examples


Let me illustrate this clearly. Let’s take a particular region, and have a look at what happened in the previous quarter.

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to assert

Meaning: to state firmly that something is true

  • assert that
  • assert yourself
  • assert itself


The project manager asserted that they had met their main goals.

He asserted that this was the only way it was going to work.

to back up 

Meaning: to support your view or your argument with information

  • back up with facts
  • back up with information
  • back up by research


The market can grow by 15% next year. There’s a demand for the product. The latest report backs up this information.

He explained the theory and backed it up with the facts and figures needed to give credibility.

to convey /kənˈveɪ/

Meaning: to communicate or express something, with or without using words

  • convey information
  • convey a message
  • convey thanks
  • convey a feeling


Please convey my thanks to the staff for the hard work that they did to get this promotion up and running.

to persuade

Meaning: to get somebody to do something, especially by giving them reasons or asking them many times; to try to change someone’s opinion or view and agree to your way of thinking


The project manager used factual evidence to persuade the team members to work harder.

He used the second-quarter results and tried to persuade the investors to put more money into the start-up.

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to summarise

Meaning: to give the key points


Let me summarise the new marketing strategy in a few short sentences.

to conclude

Meaning: to end a speech, meeting, or piece of writing

  • conclude with a thank you
  • conclude with a promise
  • conclude with appreciation
  • conclude with a call of action


He concluded the speech with a call to action and an invitation to collaborate.

So in conclusion, that’s the end of this particular lesson about crucial communication verbs in English, there are 10 of them.

So just before we end, I’ll summarise and give you the 10 particular verbs.

As I said, they’re really really important, crucial ones that you can use:

  • address
  • present
  • demonstrate
  • illustrate
  • assert
  • back up (with)
  • convey
  • persuade
  • summarise
  • conclude

So try to practice them. Introduce some of them to your English, and if you still have difficulties, come back to me.

You’ll find me on I’ll give you some extra examples.

They really are good firm advanced English verbs and will help you improve your overall English, business English, whatever it might be.

As always, I appreciate you listening and watching. This is Harry saying goodbye until the next time. Join me again soon.

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