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Day 24: Dialogue and reported speech

Here is a selection of alternatives to dire and rispondere. The past historic of irregular verbs is given in brackets. Try and include as many of them as you can in your active vocabulary:

affermare to state aggiungere (aggiunsi) to add ammettere (ammisi) to admit annunciare to announce assicurare to assure constatare to note continuare to go on dichiarare to declare domandare to ask esporre (esposi) to outline far notare (feci notare) to

point out indicare to point out interrompere (interruppi) to


notare to notice obiettare to object osservare to observe precisare to clarify proseguire to go on replicare to reply ribattere to retort riconoscere (riconobbi) to admit rivelare to reveal segnalare to point out sostenere (sostenni) to

maintain, claim sottolineare to underline spiegare to explain

These verbs can be used as alternatives to pensare:

considerare to consider giudicare to judge credere to believe ritenere (ritenni) to think essere (fui) dell’avviso che to be of trovare to find

the opinion that

Complete the following sentences with an appropriate verb, without using dire, rispondere, or pensare:

Finally, these verbs indicate different ways of talking:

balbettare to stammer brontolare to grumble esclamare to exclaim gemere to whine, moan, groan gridare to shout

mormorare to murmur ruggire to roar strillare to shriek sussurrare to whisper urlare to scream

1 La maggior parte dei deputati ..................... che queste misure siano inadeguate. Most MPs think that these measures are inadequate.