Grammar Patterns

V with quote

V with quote

The verb is used with a quote clause.This pattern has one structure:
    Verb with Clause
    'Hello,' he said.
V with quoteThe Subject, Verb, and Clause can be arranged in five different ways.
quote clauseVerb group
ClauseVerbSubject
'But the blood on the back seat?'objectedParslow.
'Don't be silly, Dawn!'saidQuaver.
quote clauseVerb group
ClauseSubjectVerb
'No, no, no,'shecried.
'Someone in your family?'Brownesuggested.
quote clause...Verb group...quote clause
Clause...VerbSubject...Clause
'Yes,'repliedthe man,'I am.'
'This,'saidAnthony,'is going to take some time.'
quote clause...Verb group...quote clause
Clause...SubjectVerb...Clause
'Yes,'sheadmitted,'it will.'
'So why,'heasked,'don't they just leave?'
 Verb groupquote clause
SubjectVerbClause
Hereplied:'It's nothing'.
A police spokesmansaid:'It is a mystery.'
Phrasal verbs: V P with quoteThe Subject, Verb, and Clause can be arranged in the same five ways as for verbs with the pattern V with quote. One way is shown below.
 Verb groupParticlequote clause
SubjectVerbClause
Ishoutedout'I'm OK!'
Note that the verb that is most frequently used with the pattern V with quote in conversation is say, as shown in the example in meaning group 1 below.Verbs with this pattern belong to the following meaning groups:
The 'say' groupThe 'add' groupThe 'scream' groupThe 'gasp' groupThe 'sneer' groupThe 'think' groupThe 'go' groupStructure informationOther related patterns

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