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:
Twelve dominoes. Verbs: admit, confirm, encourage, persuade, claim, advise, convince, suggest, explain, complain, reassure, announce
Revised, March, 2010
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.
Direct speech statements for oral transformation using specialized reporting verbs: remind reassure suggest announce explain threaten warn
General English course books (adults)
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.
Peter Moore Sarah Cunningham
Unit 3 Gold Page 27 Where's my car? News article on woman's car stolen by her son leads into reported speech.
Photocopiable resource books
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
Mark Nettle Diana Hopkins
General English adult course resource packs
20b Neighbours Page 20 Jig saw story containing reporting verbs. Students dictate to each other in pairs.