Reporting verbs and their patterns

Verb only

agree, apologize, ask, nod, refuse, say

Verb + that clause

accept, acknowledge, add, admit, agree, announce, answer, argue, boast (+about smth), claim, comment (+on smth), complain (+about smth), confess, confirm, consider, deny, doubt, estimate, exclaim, explain, fear, guarantee, hope, insist, imagine, mention, observe, point out, predict, promise, propose, regret, remark, remember, repeat, reply, report, respond, reveal, say, state, suppose, swear, think, vow, warn, whisper

Verb + if clause

ask, wonder

Verb+object+if clause


Verb+ object+ that clause

advise, assure, inform, reassure, remind, tell, warn

Verb+ that+

  • Smb should V1
  • Smb + V1

advise, beg, demand, insist, propose, recommend, request, suggest

Verb+ to V1

agree, decide, expect, guarantee, hope, offer, promise, propose, refuse, swear, threaten, volunteer

Verb + Object + to V1

advise, allow, ask, beg, challenge, convince, command, encourage, expect, forbid, force, implore, instruct, invite, order, permit, persuade, promise, recommend, remind, request, teach, tell, urge, warn

Verb + Ving

admit , deny,  mention, recommend, regret, report, suggest

Verb + preposition+Ving

apologize for, insist on

Verb + object + preposition + Ving

accuse sb of, blame sb for, congratulate sb on, thank sb for


1) admit, deny +

  • that clause
  • Ving

2) recommend +

  • that+ smb should V1/smb + V1
  • object + to V1
  • Ving

3) remind, warn +

  • object+ that clause
  • object + to V1

(+ warn about … )

4) suggest +

  • that+ smb should V1/smb + V1
  • Ving

5) regret+

  • that clause
  • Ving

6) agree+

  • verb only
  • + to V1
  • that clause

7) insist+

  • on Ving
  • that+ smb should V1/smb + V1
  • that clause

8) advise+

  • that+ smb should V1/smb + V1
  • object+ that clause

(+ advise against Ving)

Resourses used: Mark Foley&Diane Hall Longman Advanced Learner’s Grammar