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This exercise practises verbs meaning say or tell. Put one of these verbs in each space. Remember to use the correct form of the verb depending on its use in the sentence. Pay attention to spelling.

address, comment, declare, exclaim, inform, mumble, narrate, quote, recount, stammer, state, utter

1. We found an old man lying in the road. We asked him who he was, but he could only (1) something which we couldn't hear, so we called the police.

2. Andrew fell in love with Janet from the moment he saw her, but he never had the courage to talk to her about how he felt, so he decided to write her a letter and (2) his love to her.

3. The president went on television to (3) categorically that he had no intention of raising taxes during his term of office.

4. I'm sorry. I'm afraid that I can't (4) on the judge's decision until I have read the full transcript.

5. Many people think that Julius Caesar said "et tu, Brute" before he died, but in fact he did not (5) these words at all.

6. When you meet the queen, you have to (6) her as "your majesty".

7. Martin likes Shakespeare so much that he has read all his plays and can (7) any line from any of his plays.

8. We are writing to (8) you that we have decided to offer you the job of office manager.

9. "Why the hell did you have to do that?" he (9) in the middle of the restaurant. Everyone looked round at him in total surprise.

10. I was so nervous during the interview that I kept (10) when I tried to answer the questions. It was terrible. I couldn't say anything straight.

11. When Sally had rested she (11) to her family what had happened to her the night before and why she hadn't come home.

12. When the children were sitting quietly, the teacher opened the book and began to (12) the story to them.