When we are writing a story and someone says something we use

speech marks. After the speech marks we often write he said or

she said :

"That's not true," he said.

"Look over there if you don't believe me," she said.

"What is it?" he said.

It can become very boring after a while, and it does not describe

how he or she was speaking:

"That's not true," he objected.

"Look over there if you don't believe me," she yelled.

"What is it?" he inquired.



Warned, asked, yelled, retorted, answered, shouted, demanded,

questioned, stammered, objected, inquired, sobbed, laughed,

squealed, cried, growled, croaked, remarked, urged, decided,

replied, interrupted, whimpered, roared, grumbled, mumbled,

muttered, drawled, bellowed, whispered, explained, exclaimed,

continued, pleaded, called, whispered, bellowed, howled,

reasoned, stuttered, shrieked, wondered


Try to make these conversations more interesting by using a

different word to said.

"Don't go there," Mary said.

"Why not?" Darren said.

" It's not safe," she said.

" It looks fine to me," he said.

" No. I mean the people around here," she said.

" What about them?" he said.

"Keep your voice down!" she said.

"But there's nobody listening," he said.

"That's what you think," she said.

"Well, it all sounds stupid to me. We've been here for ten

minutes and I haven't seen anything," he said.

"Just wait," she said.

"Wait! What was that?" Darren said.

"It's only the wind," Mary said.

"No.....I mean that scraping noise," he said.

"See! You're more frightened than me! They're only mice,"

she said.

"But I HATE mice!!" said Darren.