spoke vs said :

spoke or 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.

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Definitions

  • 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
  • v  express in speech
  • v  exchange thoughts; talk with
  • v  use language
  • v  give a speech to
  • v  make a characteristic or natural sound
    The drums spoke

  • v  express in words
    He said that he wanted to marry her
  • v  report or maintain
    He said it was too late to intervene in the war
  • 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
    I said to him to go home
  • v  speak, pronounce, or utter in a certain way
  • v  communicate or express nonverbally
  • v  utter aloud
    She said `Hello' to everyone in the office
  • v  state as one's opinion or judgement; declare
  • v  recite or repeat a fixed text
    She said her `Hail Mary'
  • v  indicate
  • s  being the one previously mentioned or spoken of
    said party has denied the charges
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