could anybody please explain what is incorrect about the sentence below. Also, as importantly, why is it wrong?
"Can I say you something?"
I would like to know what kind of classification this particular error would fall into.
An in depth as possible answer would be ideal.
Thank you for your replies but I think the purpose of my post has been misunderstood. I'm well aware that it's incorrect, I'm English after all. I want to know what kind of error it is? Is this an example of poor semantics? If so, why? Along these lines.
@emsr2d2 I can understand why you would direct people to the search function but I couldn't actually find any relevant post from using it. Also, I suspect that I'm not going to find the kind of answer I want there as it's not a usage answer like what I imagine most of the posts you referred to will be.
Apologies, MrRubik, I didn't look at your member profile as I assumed you were a learner. No offence (!) just that the misuse of "say you" is something that crops up here so often from learners.
If you want to be technical about it, "tell" can take an indirect object, while "say" doesn't.
Why? It's just the way we use the words.