The 'say' groupThese verbs are concerned with speaking, writing, and other forms of communication. They indicate what kind of function the speech or writing is performing. This includes:
guessing or predicting something e.g. estimate, predict, prophesy
putting forward a suggestion or theory e.g. postulate, suggest
saying something in a way that shows your attitude e.g. crow, sneer
The that-clause indicates the event or situation that is mentioned.
The president boasted that it would be by far the biggest service program in American history.
She claims she paid no money for it.
Many passengers complained that once they emerged from the train, there were no emergency personnel to greet them.
After a month of delays he emailed that he was ready to do the deal and would call me the next day. I said fine. Never heard from him again.
I explained that you were upset and wanted to be alone.
However, the article points out that trade with Britain's European partners has risen considerably since 1973.
Just before the vote count, she posted that she had received guarantees of 200 votes and was sure to win.
He predicted that the terms would be rejected and the war would continue.
Taylor said he was delighted to be at the festival.
The kids have loved him for years while their cynical elders sneered that he was just a pretty face.
We all felt hungry, so I suggested that we stop for an early lunch.
Mr Lightman wrote that there had been a number of misapplications of funds and breaches of duty.
Agree and concur are reciprocal verbs (see Chapter 6) which have a plural Subject with this pattern and meaning.
accept acknowledge admit advise advocate affirm agree allege allow announce argue ask assert attest aver beg boast brag caution certify claim command comment complain concede conclude concur confess confide conjecture contend crow declare decree demand deny dictate direct disclose divulge email emphasize enthuse estimate explain forecast foretell grant groan grouse grumble guarantee guess hazard hint hypothesize imply indicate insinuate insist instruct intimate joke lament maintain mandate marvel mention moan move muse note observe opine ordain order plead pledge posit post postulate pray preach predict pretend proclaim profess promise pronounce prophesy propose protest quip radio reason recall recollect recommend recount reflect regret remark remonstrate report request reveal rule say signal signify sneer specify speculate state stipulate stress submit suggest surmise swear testify text theorize threaten tweet underline underscore urge venture volunteer vow wager warn warrant write (not) let on make out point out put down report back
We agreed that she was not to be told.