Rhetorically Accurate Verbs

There are so many more ways to say “The author says . . ." than just staying “The author says . . ."


Before writing "The authors says..." consider these other ways below:

THE AUTHOR SAYS . . .

  • writes
  • thinks
  • declares
  • indicates
  • mentions
  • states
  • expresses

THE AUTHOR SHOWS / DESCRIBES / COMMENTS . . .

  • notes
  • observes
  • points out
  • reports
  • responds
  • replies
  • commentsillustrates
  • demonstrates
  • elucidates
  • exhibits
  • shows
  • reflects
  • discloses
  • describes
  • explains
  • interprets
  • compares
  • examines
  • defines
  • remarks

THE AUTHOR CLAIMS . . .

  • argues
  • asserts
  • believes
  • claims
  • contends
  • reasons
  • suggests
  • implies
  • maintains
  • alleges
  • proposes
  • attests
  • proclaims
  • professes
  • establishes
  • represents
  • persuades
  • opines
  • reflects

THE AUTHOR SUPPORTS . . .

  • warrants
  • supports
  • proves
  • substantiates
  • explains
  • interprets

THE AUTHOR AGREES . . .

  • admits
  • agrees
  • confirms
  • acknowledges
  • affirms
  • grants
  • champions
  • advocates

THE AUTHOR DISAGREES . . .

  • argues
  • attacks
  • contends
  • denies
  • refutes
  • rejects
  • disputes
  • opposes
  • protests
  • defies
  • denounces
  • impugns
  • objects

THE AUTHOR EMPHASIZES . . .

  • confirms
  • emphasizes
  • insists
  • adds
  • underlines
  • stresses
  • underscores
  • presses

THE AUTHOR ASKS . . .

  • inquires
  • investigatesqueries
  • interrogates
  • questions
  • requests
  • solicits
  • begs
  • pleads
  • appeals
  • beseeches
  • implores

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