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Reporting verbs

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reported speech - general

Reporting verbs are used in reported speech The most common reporting verbs are say and tell. However, there are a number of other reporting verbs that can be used instead of say or tell to make more efficient (i.e. shorter) state...Read more


The following ESL resources are available for Reporting verbs:

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Reporting verb dominoes
Twelve dominoes. Verbs: admit, confirm, encourage, persuade, claim, advise, convince, suggest, explain, complain, reassure, announce Revised, March, 2010


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Reporting verbs oral practice (doc)
Groups of three. Twelve cards with statements etc in direct speech. Divide these. The twelve reporting verb cards are spread on table. One student whispers one of his cards to the anther. That student has to choose a reported speech card and report the information. The tird student has to guess the original direct speech statement.


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Reporting verbs
Direct speech statements for oral transformation using specialized reporting verbs: remind reassure suggest announce explain threaten warn


Reporting verbs quiz 1 (278)
12-question multiple-choice quiz


Reporting verbs quiz 2 (504)
MC quiz focusing on syntax with reporting verbs



General English course books (adults)

Inside Out Student's Book Upper Intermediate book cover 

Inside Out Student's Book Upper Intermediate 

Vaughan Jones   Susan Kay   
Unit 8 Escape  Pages 70 - 71
(1) Ss order sentences in a summary of the reading A day at the seaside (Bill Bryson)
(2) Focus on reporting verbs in the above exercise. Ss divide these into two lists: 'say' type and 'tell' type i.e. those that do and do not take a direct object.
(3) Dictionary reading exercise as follow up (dictionary extracts are printed on the page)
(4) Reading passage Where's my car : son steal's mum's car with multiple choice exercise focusing on reporting verbs.

Unit 14 Review 2  Page 131 
New Cutting Edge Upper Intermediate students' book book cover 

New Cutting Edge Upper Intermediate students' book 

Peter Moore   Sarah Cunningham   
Module 12 Media mania  Pages 132 - 133
New Inside Out Student's Book Upper Intermediate book cover 

New Inside Out Student's Book Upper Intermediate 

Susan Kay   Vaughan Jones   
Unit 3 Gold  Page 27   Where's my car?
News article on woman's car stolen by her son leads into reported speech.
Unit 7 Escape  Page 70   Reporting verbs

Photocopiable resource books

Grammar Activities 2 - Upper Intermediate book cover 

Grammar Activities 2 - Upper Intermediate 

Will Forsyth   Sue Lavender   
60 - 61 Reporting verbs  Pages 60 - 61
(60) ask, warn, suggest, invite, order, insist, remind, tell (61) advise, agree, think, want, ask, insist, say, suggest, tell, persuade, remind

Grammar books with exercises

Developing Grammar in Context book cover 

Developing Grammar in Context 

Mark Nettle   Diana Hopkins   
20 Reported speech 2: reporting verbs  Pages 113 - 118

General English adult course resource packs

Reward Intermediate Resource Pack book cover 

Reward Intermediate Resource Pack 

Susan Kay   
25 Reported speech dominoes  Page 25 
Dominoes with 'refuse', 'remind', 'invite' etc.
Reward Upper-intermediate Resource Pack book cover 

Reward Upper-intermediate Resource Pack 

Susan Kay   
20b Neighbours  Page 20 
Jig saw story containing reporting verbs. Students dictate to each other in pairs.

ESL lesson plans

Politics and the US Election

Complete lesson Vocabulary: politics, elections; skills: political issues.
US Election ESL worksheet 1 US Election ESL worksheet 2 US Election ESL worksheet 3 US Election ESL worksheet 4
Download Politics and the US Election (PDF)

Gender discrimination at work

Complete lesson Vocabulary: work clothes; skills: gender discrimination; grammar: reported speech.
Gender descrimination ESL worksheet 1 Gender descrimination ESL worksheet 2 Gender descrimination ESL worksheet 3
Download Workplace gender discrimination (PDF)

English grammar notes

Comparison with as...as

Comprehensive grammar reference notes, illustrated.
Grammar notes on comparison with as..as 1 Grammar notes on comparison with as..as 2 Grammar notes on comparison with as..as 3
Download English grammar notes: comparison with as...as (PDF)