Definition of quotative in English:

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quotative

Pronunciation: /ˈkwəʊtətɪv/
Linguistics

adjective

(Of a construction or expression) expressing or introducing quoted words: natural quotative verbs, like ‘say’, ‘insist’, and ‘explain
More example sentences
  • However, such (mis) uses in quotative tags are fairly common.
  • The quotative usage by itself isn't enough, otherwise you'd see things like: He seems all I really have a case.
  • However, among the first 30 returns, I found 4 quotative tags.

noun

A quotative construction or expression: the members of the group believed that quotative ‘all’ was very common these days in the speech of the young
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  • Like as a quotative—a way of indicating speech—has spread like a global brushfire, cutting across ethnic and social lines.
  • There's a new quotative making the rounds.
  • But in Standard Spoken English, we use the indirect quotative almost exclusively.

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