FREE Synonyms - Other Words for Said Handout. 180 words to use in writing instead of the word "said". Although there is nothing wrong with using the word said in written dialogue, it should not be overused. However, teach your students to also think carefully when they use this list. These words may only replace the word said in dialogue if it is believable. For dialogue to be effective, it must appear to be realistic. The person reading your story must believe that your characters actually talk this way. You should use dialogue to reveal insights into characters, set the mood, and even to clarify plot points.When using words instead of said, be sure you utilize them properly. Remember, "said" is one of the dead words. Includes a 2 page list of words, and 1 page with these directions. - HappyEdugator
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