V with quote
V to n with quoteThe verb is used with a quote clause and is followed by a prepositional phrase beginning with to. The Subject always comes before the verb.
The prepositional phrase indicates who is being addressed.
'Your cat isn't very friendly,' a woman complained to Reggie.
'This is all very well,' he muttered to himself, 'but what about my dinner?'
I said to Al, 'Wait a minute. What time did Steve call you?'
In the case of muse, reason, say, think, and wonder, the noun group following the preposition is always a reflexive pronoun. This pattern is V to pron-refl with quote. These verbs indicate that someone is thinking. Sometimes quotation marks are not used around the quote clause.Most of the verbs in meaning group 3 can have this pattern, but it is most frequent with the ones included in the above list.
admit announce boast brag cable call comment complain confess confide crow cry declare exclaim explain explode expostulate exult fume go groan grouse grumble gush hiss holler insist joke lament moan mumble murmur muse mutter observe proclaim protest quip rage reason remark report say scream shout suggest telegraph think wail whimper whisper wonder write yell call out
'No,' he said to himself. 'It's not going to be like that.'
Just what I was afraid of, Tatiana thought to herself.