One can reply to a comment using Reply link, below each comment item in comments list.

According to codex, by clicking that link and using comment_form_title function like this:

$replytext = 'Leave a Reply to %s';      // %s = author
comment_form_title( $noreplytext, $replytext, $linktoparent );

You can have a comment form title as Leave a Reply to [author's name].
I would like to find a way in which you have this output instead:

Leave a Reply to [comment's excerpt]

where comment's excerpt is the comment's first few words.

1 Answer 1


Finally I found a way and I am posting it here to address any further requests for such a workaround.

You may add a customized version of comment_form_title function to your theme's functions.php file and call it in your theme's comments.php file.

function my_comment_form_title( $linktoparent = true ){
    global $comment;
    $noreplytext = __( 'Leave a Reply' );
    $replytext = __( 'Leave a Reply to %s' );
    $replytoid = isset($_GET['replytocom']) ? (int) $_GET['replytocom'] : 0;
    if( 0 == $replytoid ){
        echo $noreplytext;
        $comment = get_comment( $replytoid );
        $excerpt = get_comment_excerpt( $replytoid );
        $title = ( $linktoparent ) ? '<a href="#comment-' . get_comment_ID() . '">' . $excerpt . '</a>' : $excerpt;
        printf( $replytext, $title );

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