Learn English – «Said I» vs «I said»

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Are «said I» and «I said» interchangeable? «Said I» is pretty uncommon, or so I thought.

The sentence in question looks like so: «"It's not going to be your way," — said I.» Or it could be «"It's not going to be your way," — I said

Which one sounds better?

(same question for "exclaimed I" vs. "I exclaimed", etc.)

Best Answer

In American English you would never use "Said I" but in Ireland or parts of England using conversational English it would be very common to speak in this way. I would never recommend using this formally in written documents unless you are writing some personal narrative.