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Use Vocabulary in Dialogue

In this worksheet, students consider a range of words that can be used to introduce or conclude dialogue.

'Use Vocabulary in Dialogue' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 2

Curriculum topic:  Writing: Composition

Curriculum subtopic:  Sentence Awareness

Difficulty level:  

Worksheet Overview

QUESTION 1 of 10

When we write stories we often include dialogue (people talking to each other).

 

 

Look at this conversation:

"Eat your dinner," said Mum.

"No!" said Poppy. "I won't!"

"If you don't do as you're told you will have to go to bed," said Mum.

"I don't care!" said Poppy. "I'd rather go to bed than eat peas!"

 

The word 'said' has been used four times but it is not the best verb to use because it doesn't tell us how Poppy and her mother were talking. There are many better words we could use instead.

for example:

 

"Eat your dinner," ordered Mum.

"No!", declared Poppy. "I won't!"

"If you don't do as you're told you will have to go to bed," warned Mum.

"I don't care!" screamed Poppy. "I'd rather go to bed than eat peas!"

 

In this worksheet you can practise choosing better verbs to use for dialogue. You may find a dictionary helpful if you don't know what some of the words mean.

Which of these verbs tell us that someone is talking loudly?

 

Tick four boxes.

screamed

roared

suggested

whispered

yelled

muttered

shrieked

mumbled

Which of these verbs tell us that someone is talking quietly?

 

Tick four boxes.

whispered

shouted

murmured

snapped

mumbled

screeched

muttered

screamed

Which of these verbs can be used to show that the speaker is angry?

 

Tick four boxes.

pleaded

spluttered

sighed

stammered

bellowed

bawled

shouted

giggled

Which of these verbs can be used to tell us that the speaker is sad?

 

Tick four boxes.

boasted

sighed

sobbed

giggled

cried

asked

wept

demanded

Which word in the list is the best one to complete the following sentence?

 

"Let's go to the cinema tonight," __________ Andrew.

suggested

asked

ordered

Which word in the list is the best one to complete the following sentence?

 

"Can I come and see you tomorrow?" __________ Anna.

announced

asked

replied

Which word in the list is the best one to complete the following sentence?

 

"Oh please can I go to the party?" __________ Karla. "I promise I'll come home on time."

begged

announced

asked

Which word in the list is the best one to complete the following sentence?

 

"I'll help you with your homework if you get stuck," __________ Sunil.

asked

offered

suggested

Which word in the list is the best one to complete the following sentence?

 

"That's not fair!" __________ Josh. "You promised we could go out to play early!"

replied

protested

giggled

Which word in the list is the best one to complete the following sentence?

 

"I'm really sorry about that," __________ Jacob. "I didn't mean to hurt you."

shouted

offered

apologised

  • Question 1

Which of these verbs tell us that someone is talking loudly?

 

Tick four boxes.

CORRECT ANSWER
screamed
roared
yelled
shrieked
  • Question 2

Which of these verbs tell us that someone is talking quietly?

 

Tick four boxes.

CORRECT ANSWER
whispered
murmured
mumbled
muttered
  • Question 3

Which of these verbs can be used to show that the speaker is angry?

 

Tick four boxes.

CORRECT ANSWER
spluttered
bellowed
bawled
shouted
EDDIE SAYS
The verb 'spluttered' is used when someone is so angry that they can hardly get their words out.
  • Question 4

Which of these verbs can be used to tell us that the speaker is sad?

 

Tick four boxes.

CORRECT ANSWER
sighed
sobbed
cried
wept
  • Question 5

Which word in the list is the best one to complete the following sentence?

 

"Let's go to the cinema tonight," __________ Andrew.

CORRECT ANSWER
suggested
EDDIE SAYS
Andrew is making a suggestion, so the best choice is 'suggested'. He is not asking a question or telling anyone else what to do.
  • Question 6

Which word in the list is the best one to complete the following sentence?

 

"Can I come and see you tomorrow?" __________ Anna.

CORRECT ANSWER
asked
EDDIE SAYS
Anna is asking a question, not answering one, so we can't use 'replied'.
  • Question 7

Which word in the list is the best one to complete the following sentence?

 

"Oh please can I go to the party?" __________ Karla. "I promise I'll come home on time."

CORRECT ANSWER
begged
EDDIE SAYS
It would be correct to use 'asked', but 'begged' is better because it shows how desperate Karla is to go to the party.
  • Question 8

Which word in the list is the best one to complete the following sentence?

 

"I'll help you with your homework if you get stuck," __________ Sunil.

CORRECT ANSWER
offered
EDDIE SAYS
The best choice is 'offered' because Sunil is making an offer, not a suggestion.
  • Question 9

Which word in the list is the best one to complete the following sentence?

 

"That's not fair!" __________ Josh. "You promised we could go out to play early!"

CORRECT ANSWER
protested
EDDIE SAYS
Josh is protesting because he thinks the situation is unfair.
  • Question 10

Which word in the list is the best one to complete the following sentence?

 

"I'm really sorry about that," __________ Jacob. "I didn't mean to hurt you."

CORRECT ANSWER
apologised
EDDIE SAYS
Jacob is apologising because he has done something wrong.
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