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Useful Word Alternatives for Writers

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I am often getting stuck on yet another way to describe something that is beautiful or running out of sensible alternatives to "she said" during complicated dialogue.

So, on this page, I am going to collect together some useful lists that I have found to help us all along. These are from various websites which I cant remember (I just have them in Onenote) - so apologies and thanks to all.

Edit: also just found this useful site: http://www.smart-words.org/ (I think some of these might have originated here, though that is not where I got them from - webistes are like Chinese whispers at times...)

Another Addition: This vocabulary wheel is from Kaitlin Robbs and was designed for her students. 

Very useful indeed! You can find out more on her website here.

 

How about these people: http://justenglish.me/

If you have any to add, just put them in the comments below and I will edit the lists.

He Said

accused - acknowledged - added - addressed - admitted advised - affirmed - agreed - announced - answered - apologized - approved - argued - asked - asserted - assured - avowed - babbled - badgered - barked - bawled - beamed - began - begged - bellowed - bet - bleated - blurted - boasted - boomed - bragged - breathed - broke in - bubbled - bugged - burst out - cackled - called - cautioned - chatted - chattered - cheered - chided - chimed in - chirped - chittered - chocked - chortled - chorused - chuckled claimed - clarified - clucked - coaxed - commanded - commented - complained - conceded - concluded - confessed - confided - confirmed - congratulated - continued - convinced - cooed - corrected - coughed - countered - cried - croaked - crowed - cursed - dared - decided - declared - demanded - demurred - denied - described - disagreed - disclosed - divulged - doubted - drawled dribbled - echoed - encouraged - ended - exclaimed explained - exploded - finished - fretted - gasped gawked - gently - gibed - giggled - gloated greeted - grimaced - groaned - growled - grunted - grumbled - guessed - gulped - gurgled - gushed - hinted - hissed - hollered - howled - huffed - hummed - hypothesized - imitated - implied - informed - inquired - insisted - interjected - interrupted - intoned - jeered - jested - jibed - joked - laughed - lectured - lied - lisped - maintained - marveled - mentioned - mimicked - moaned - mocked - motioned - mumbled - murmured - mused - muttered - nagged - nodded - noted - notified - objected - observed offered - ordered - panted - perplexed - pestered - piped - pleaded - pled - pointed out - pondered - praised - prayed - proclaimed - promised - proposed - protested - provoked - purred - put in - puzzled quavered - queried - questioned - quietly - quipped - quizzed - quoted - ranted - reasoned - reassured - recalled - reckoned - reiterated - related - remarked - remembered - reminded - repeated - replied - reported requested - resounded - responded - retaliated - retorted - revealed - roared - sang - sassed - screamed scoffed - scolded - shot - shouted - shrieked - shrilled - sighed - simpered - slurred - smiled - smirked - snapped - snarled - sneered - sneezed - snickered - sniffed - sniffled - snorted -  sobbed - spat - speculated - spluttered - spoke - sputtered - squeaked - squealed - stammered - started - stated - stormed - stuttered - suggested - surmised - taunted - teased - tempted - tested - theorized - threatened - told - trilled - urged - uttered - volunteered - vowed - wailed - warned - went on wept - wheezed - whimpered - whined - whispered - wondered - worried - yawned - yakked - yelled 

Beautiful

admirable - adorable - alluring - angelic - appealing - beauteous - bewitching - captivating - charming - classy - comely - cute - dazzling - delicate - delightful - divine - elegant - enthralling - enticing - excellent - exquisite - fair - fascinating - fetching - fine - foxy - good-looking - gorgeous - graceful - grand - handsome - ideal - inviting - lovely - magnetic - magnificent - marvellous - mesmeric - nice - pleasing - pretty - pulchritudinous - radiant - ravishing - refined - resplendent - shapely - slightly - splendid - statuesque - stunning - sublime - superb - symmetrical - taking - tantalizing - teasing - tempting - well-formed - winning - wonderful

However

nonetheless - after all - but - in spite - without regard to - notwithstanding - all the same - despite - on the other hand - withal - anyhow - for all that - per contra - yet - be that as it may - howbeit - though

Good

acceptable - bad - excellent - exceptional - favorable - great - marvelous - positive - satisfactory - satisfying - superb - valuable - wonderful - ace - boss - bully - capital - choice - crack - nice - pleasing - prime - rad - sound - spanking - sterling - super - superior - welcome - worthy - admirable - agreeable - commendable - congenial - deluxe - first-class - first-rate - gnarly - gratifying - honorable - neat - precious - recherché - reputable - select - shipshape - splendid - stupendous - super-eminent - super-excellent - tip-top - up to snuff

Happy

happy - bland - blissful - blithe calm - can't complain - capricious - captivated - cheerful cheery - chipper - chirpy - confident - content convivial - dazed - delighted - delightful ecstatic - elated - enchanted - epicurean - euphoric excited - exstatic - exuberant - exultant -  fain - fanciful - felicitous - flying high - formidable glad - gleeful - glorious - gratified -  happy - hilarious - hopeful - humorous -  in high spirits - intoxicated - jolly - joyful - joyous jubilant - laughing - light - lively - lunatic lucky - merry - mirthful - on cloud nine - optimistic overwhelmed - peaceful - peppy - perky - playful pleased - providential - positive - sanguine - satisfied sensuous - solemn - sparkling - splendid - sprightly spruce - stoked - sunny - sybaritic - thrilled upbeat - voluptuous - walking on air - zestful

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