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Verbs connected with speech
FCE Result SB p60
Terms in this set (41)
bellow at sb
to shout in a loud deep voice, especially because you are angry
For example: They ______ed at her to stop.
grumble (to sb) about sth
to complain about somebody/something in a bad-tempered way
For example: She's always ______ing to me about how badly she's treated at work.
to speak or say something in a quiet voice in a way that is not clear
For example: She _______d that she was sorry.
murmur (to sb) that
to say something in a soft quiet voice that is difficult to hear or understand
For example: She _______ed her agreement.
mutter (to sb) that
to speak or say something in a quiet voice that is difficult to hear, especially because you are annoyed about something
For example: He _______ed that he was sorry.
scream at sb
to shout something in a loud, high voice because of fear, anger, etc.
For example: He ______ed at me to stop.
shriek (sth) at sb
to give a loud high shout, for example when you are excited, frightened or in pain; to say something in a loud, high voice
For example: She was _______ing abuse at them as they carried her off.
shout (to sb) that
to say something in a loud voice; to speak loudly/angrily to somebody
For example: He ______ed that he couldn't swim.
whisper (to sb) that
to speak very quietly to somebody so that other people cannot hear what you are saying
For example: He ______ed to me that he was afraid.
enquire if/whether/question word
(formal) to ask somebody for some information
For example: Might I _______ why you have not mentioned this until now?
tell sb that
to give information to somebody by speaking or writing
For example: They've _____ us (that) they're not coming.
to say, write or do something as a reaction to a question or situation
For example: She ______ed that she would prefer to walk.
explain to sb that
to tell somebody about something in a way that makes it easy to understand
For example: I _______ed that an ambulance would be coming soon.
to say that something is true although it has not been proved and other people may not believe it
For example: He ______s (that) he was not given a fair hearing.
to give reasons why you think that something is right/wrong, true/not true, etc, especially to persuade people that you are right
For example: He ______d that they needed more time to finish the project.
recommend (to sb) that
to advise a particular course of action; to advise somebody to do something
For example: I ________ (that) he see a lawyer.
suggest (to sb) that
to put forward an idea or a plan for other people to think about
For example: I ________ (that) we go out to eat.
to talk with too much pride about something that you have or can do
For example: Sam ______ed that she could beat anyone at poker.
to admit, especially formally or to the police, that you have done something wrong or illegal
For example: She __________ed ____ the murder.
to say firmly that something is true, especially when other people do not believe you
For example: He _________ed _____ his innocence.
He ______ed (that) he was innocent.
to say that you are annoyed, unhappy or not satisfied about somebody/something
For example: I'm going to _____ to the manager _____ this.
to say that you disagree with, disapprove of or oppose something
For example: Many local people _______ ____ the building of the new airport.
to ask somebody for something especially in an anxious way because you want or need it very much
For example: He wants to see them _____ _____ mercy.
warn (sb) that
to tell somebody about something, especially something dangerous or unpleasant that is likely to happen, so that they can avoid it
For example: She was ______ed that if she did it again she would lose her job.
promise (sb) that
to tell somebody that you will definitely do or not do something, or that something will definitely happen
For example: The brochure _______d (that) the local food would be superb.
to say that something will happen in the future
For example: She ______ed (that) the election result would be close.
offer to do sth
to say that you are willing to do something for somebody or give something to somebody
For example: The kids ______ed ___ do the dishes.
refuse to do sth
to say that you will not do something that somebody has asked you to do
For example: She _____d ___ accept that there was a problem.
threaten to do sth
to say that you will cause trouble, hurt somebody, etc. if you do not get what you want
For example: The hijackers ______ed __ kill one passenger every hour if their demands were not met.
advise sb to do sth
to tell somebody what you think they should do in a particular situation
For example: Police are ______ing people ___ stay at home.
convince sb to do sth
to persuade somebody to do something
For example: I've been trying to _____ him ____ see a doctor
The main meaning of ______ is to make someone believe that something is true: For example: He _____d me he was right.
persuade sb to do sth
to make somebody do something by giving them good reasons for doing it
For example: Try to ______ him ___ come.
The main meaning of _______ is to make someone agree to do something by giving them good reasons for doing it:
For example: I tried to ______ her ____ see a doctor.
encourage sb to do sth
to persuade somebody to do something by making it easier for them and making them believe it is a good thing to do
For example: Banks actively ______ people ____ borrow money.
invite sb to do sth
to ask somebody formally to go somewhere or do something
For example: Readers are ________d ____ email their comments to us.
remind sb to do sth
to help somebody remember something, especially something important that they must do
For example: ______ me ____ phone Alan before I go out.
apologize for doing sth
to say that you are sorry for doing something wrong or causing a problem
For example: We _________ ____ the late departure of this flight.
accuse sb of doing sth
to say that somebody has done something wrong or is guilty of something
For example: She ________d him ____ lying.
admit doing sth
to say that you have done something wrong or illegal
For example: She ______ted (to) having stolen the car.
blame sb for doing sth
to think or say that somebody/something is responsible for something bad
For example: She doesn't _______ anyone _____ her father's death.
deny doing sth
to say that something is not true
For example: He _____ies attempting to murder his wife.
regret doing sth
feel sorry about something you have done or about something that you have not been able to do
For example: He bitterly _______ted ever having mentioned it.
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