Reporting Verbs 1

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to say that sth is true or that sb has done sth wrong, although it has not been proved
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The prosecution ... the man had been responsible for an act of terrorism.
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Taylor is alleged to have used public money to buy expensive presents for her friends.
to admit or accept that something is true or that a situation exists
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The government must acknowledge what is happening and do something about it.
to state publicly that something is true [confirm]
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affirm that
A spokesman for the company affirmed that a merger was likely.
to state firmly that sth is true
In his speech, he ... that nuclear power was a safe and non-polluting energy source. Not everyone was convinced, though.
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But the company has vigorously asserted that its marketing practices do not violate the 1995 consent decree.
to warn sb that sth might be dangerous, difficult etc
Pol. ostrzegać, przestrzegać, pouczać, udzielać pouczenia
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"Be careful now," Sarah cautioned. "Don't do anything stupid."
Officials were quick to caution that these insulting remarks might mean an end to the peace process and called for restraint.
to agree that something is true, especially unwillingly:
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He admitted his guilt/mistake.
Well, I suppose there is some truth in what you say," she admitted.
to say another thing:
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She was sad, she said, but added (= said also) THAT she felt she had made the right decision.
Finally," she added, "I would like to thank my family for all their help."
to have the same opinion:
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I agree with you on this issue.
Finally, after some tough negotiating, it was agreed that the workforce would be reduced by 10%.
to understand a situation and realize that it is important:
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Alan asked me to tell you how much he appreciated your hospitality when he was in London. artos
He did not fully appreciated the significance of signing the contract.
to give the reasons for your opinion, idea, belief, etc.:
The children were ... over which TV programme to watch.
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The senator argued THAT cuts in military spending were needed.
It could be argued that a dam might actually increase the risk of flooding.
to speak or write to someone saying that you want them to do something, to give you something, or to allow you to do something:
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She asked (her manager) if/whether she could leave early to pick up the kids.
Go and ask Tom whether he's coming tonight.
to accept something to be true without question or proof:
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Let's assume (that) they're coming and make plans on that basis.
I think we can safely assume that interest rates will go up again soon.
to think that something is true, correct, or real:
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He believes that all children are born with equal intelligence.
The four men are widely believed to have been killed by their captors.
to speak too proudly or happily about what you have done or what you own:
Hank was ... that he could drink a case of beer by himself.
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boast about
Parents enjoy boasting about their children's achievements.
She's always boasting about how clever her children are.
to make certain that something or someone is correct, safe, or suitable by examining it, him, or her quickly:
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check if /wether
Call the factory to check whether the beds can be delivered today.
to say that something is true or is a fact, although you cannot prove it and other people might not believe it:
Martin ______ that he was with friends at the time of his wife's murder.
No one has yet ... responsibility for planting the bomb
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The company claims (that) it is not responsible for the pollution in the river.
A letter appeared in The Times claiming Fleming as the discoverer of penicillin.
to say that something is wrong or not satisfactory:
She ... that no one had been at the airport to meet her.
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He complained that his boss was useless and he had too much work.
Their neighbours complained about their constant loud music.
to judge after some consideration:
A further increase in interest rates is now... unlikely.
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After careful consideration, they concluded that going on to further education or staying at school are better options.
It would be wrong to conclude from this debate that science is too important to be left to politicians.
to admit that you have done something wrong or something that you feel guilty or bad about:
My husband ... he'd been having an affair with a woman in his office. I am still wondering whether or not to forgive him.
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I have to confess (that) when I first met Reece I didn't think he was very bright.
McCarthy confessed to the crime shortly after his arrest.
to prove that a belief or an opinion that was previously not completely certain is true:
Let me just ... that the money has arrived in your account.
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to prove that a belief or an opinion that was previously not completely certain is true:
Mr Eastwood refused to confirm or deny the rumour.
to spend time thinking about a possibility or making a decision:
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consider yourself lucky you weren't in the car at the time.

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