spoke vs said : Common Errors in English

About spoke vs said

Novice writers of fictional dialogue sometimes become wary of repeating “said” too often, resulting in odd constructions like this: “‘You’ve got gravy on your shirt,’ she spoke.”You can speak a language or speak with someone, but you can’t speak aspeech.If you get tired of “said” you could have your characters whisper, shout, hiss, or grumble; but you shouldn’t be afraid of having them simply say things. It won’t bore your readers; they won’t even notice.

spoke Meaning(s)

  • (v) express in speech
  • (v) exchange thoughts; talk with
  • (v) use language
  • (v) give a speech to
  • (v) make a characteristic or natural sound
  • (n) support consisting of a radial member of a wheel joining the hub to the rim
  • (n) one of the crosspieces that form the steps of a ladder

said Meaning(s)

  • (s) being the one previously mentioned or spoken of
  • (n) the chance to speak
  • (v) express in words
  • (v) report or maintain
  • (v) express a supposition
  • (v) have or contain a certain wording or form
  • (v) give instructions to or direct somebody to do something with authority
  • (v) speak, pronounce, or utter in a certain way
  • (v) communicate or express nonverbally
  • (v) utter aloud
  • (v) state as one's opinion or judgement; declare
  • (v) recite or repeat a fixed text
  • (v) indicate

spoke in News

  1. David Ortiz is done with the Home Run Derby

    WEEI spoke with David Ortiz before last night’s game and he made it clear that he’s not participating in any more Home Run Derbys. Why? Not for the reason I thought (you can’t flip your bat and strut in the Home Run Derby). It’s because he’s old, man: “If [Robinson Cano] asks me to do…
    on June 13, 2013 Source: NBC Sports: HardballTalk

  2. Big Data knows what you’ll do next summer

    MarketWatch spoke to author Mayer-Schönberger about what the loss or privacy means for Americans.
    on June 13, 2013 Source: Market Watch

  3. Mayor Bloomberg spoke today about the impact of global warming on New York City

    New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg spoke today about the very real impending consequences of global warming on the city. read more
    on June 12, 2013 Source: TheCelebrityCafe.com

said in News

  1. Khartoum says rebels based in South Sudan caused oil pipeline blast

    By Khalid Abdelaziz KHARTOUM (Reuters) - Sudan said that rebels based in South Sudan had attacked a pipeline in its Diffra oilfield on Wednesday, causing an explosion and fire that lasted for several hours. Army spokesman al-Sawarmi Khalid said on Thursday the pipeline, which runs through Diffra oilfield to the Heglig processing facility, was being repaired to restore the flow of oil. ...
    on June 13, 2013 Source: Reuters via Yahoo! News

  2. Supreme Court reaches double decision in gene-patenting case

    A unanimous Supreme Court said on Thursday that companies can’t patent human genes that occur naturally, but they can patent synthetic genes created after the extraction of genetic materials from a person’s body.
    on June 13, 2013 Source: National Constitution Center via Yahoo! News

  3. FBI director says U.S. will hold Snowden responsible on NSA leak

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - FBI Director Robert Mueller said on Thursday that the U.S. government is doing everything it can to hold confessed leaker Edward Snowden accountable for splashing surveillance secrets across the pages of newspapers worldwide. Mueller said at a U.S. House Judiciary Committee hearing that Snowden, a former National Security Agency contractor, harmed national security when he ...
    on June 13, 2013 Source: Reuters via Yahoo! News

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