Grammar Patterns

V about n; V that; V with quote

V about n; V that; V with quote

Union leaders say that they agree about the need for a market economy.
Most authorities agree that play is an essential part of a child's development.
'I don't look sixty-seven,' she added. 'No,' he agreed, 'you don't.'
He was cheeky and he loved to boast about his crimes.
The company boasts that it has 159,000 employees in 131 countries outside Germany.
'We're the toughest crew in the world,' he boasted.
The chairman grumbled about recent falls in the company's share price.
He is still grumbling that he wished he had stayed at home.
'The whole thing is becoming a circus,' Barbara grumbled.
The bomb killed five people, including a seven-month-old baby. The majority of the country's newspapers speculated about a possible terrorist link.
Officials speculated that the dolphins might have been poisoned.
'By the end of Michaelmas term, I reckon that students will be so disenchanted with the whole situation that they will just stop attending,' he speculated.
The desperate mother wails about the lack of safety for her daughter.
Primrose began to wail that she was hungry.
'Have I done wrong?' she wailed.
  • agree
  • boast
  • brag
  • burble
  • complain
  • enthuse
  • grouse
  • grumble
  • joke
  • moan
  • muse
  • mutter
  • read
  • speculate
  • wail
  • whine
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