admit, agree, decide, deny, explain, insist, promise, recommend, suggest
The following list gives you reporting verbs in various categories based on sentence structure. Note that a number of verbs can take more than one form.
|verb object infinitive||verb infinitive||verb (that)||verb gerund||verb object preposition gerund||verb preposition gerund|
Jack encouraged me to look for a new job.
They invited all their friends to attend the presentation.
Bob warned his friend not to open the can of worms.
She offered to give him a lift to work.
My brother refused to take no for an answer.
Mary decided to attend university.
Tom admitted (that) he had tried to leave early.
She agreed (that) we needed to reconsider our plans.
The teacher insisted that he didn't give enough homework.
He denied having anything to do with her.
Ken suggested studying early in the morning.
Alice recommends playing golf in Bend, Oregon.
They accused the boys of cheating on the exam.
She blamed her husband for missing the train.
The mother congratulated her daughter on graduating from college.
He apologized for being late.
She insisted on doing the washing up.
Peter apologized for interrupting the meeting.
Modal verbs could, might, would, should, ought, had better, ... do not usually change in reported speech.