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Dialogue Tags Reference List

Dialogue tags are an important part of literature that help to express emotion more effectively through descriptions of dialogue. Here is a list with some helpful alternative tags dependent on the situation.

Angry

-exploded

-yelled

-shouted

-roared

-screamed

-bellowed

-growled

-gritted out

Answering

-answered

-replied

-retorted

-responded

Crying

-blubbered

-whimpered

-cried

-sobbed

-choked out

-wept

Laughing

-laughed

-chortled

-chuckled

-cackled

-guffawed

-giggled

-sniggered

-snickered

-burst out laughing

-scoffed

-twittered

Scared/Fear

-whimpered

-cowered

-shivered

-shuddered

-gulped

-swallowed

-gasped

Loud

-yelled

-screamed

-shouted

-howled

-yowled

-shrieked

-screeched

-barked

Pain

-moaned

-groaned

-yelped

-squealed

-shrieked

-yowled

-howled

-whimpered

-growled

Questioning

-questioned

-queried

-interrogated

-inquired

Quiet

-whispered

-muttered

-mumbled

-uttered

-hissed

Sadness

-moped

-lamented

-cried

-wept

-moaned

-groaned

Thinking

-thought

-considered

-pondered

-meditated

Other Resources

http://www.readwritethink.org/files/resources/lesson_images/lesson291/dialogue_tag.pdf

http://blog.writeathome.com/index.php/2012/09/dialogue-tags-100-ways-to-say-said/

https://www.visualthesaurus.com/wordlists/9457


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