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Words to Use Instead of “Replied”

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Whether you’re describing a dialogue in a novel, a police report, or an email to a friend, you can almost always use a more descriptive verb than the neutral “replied.” These word choices offer more information to your reader than simply stating that one of the speakers verbally expressed words.

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Parried Report Abuse
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This is an informal, relatively subtle way to show that the conversation was heated.
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See? It suggests a snippy attitude.
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Mumbled Report Abuse
“Mumbled” is especially helpful for showing belligerence, disinterest, or drunkenness
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This one is great for showing which speaker has “won” the argument.
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This can be especially useful to describe a person’s refusal to engage in the conversation.
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Assuming the slanginess of the word fits the scene you’re describing, it can add a punch to your narrative.
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