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    Question They say/are saying ?

    Hi guys again;

    What is the difference between: " They are saying me...." and"they say me ...."
    For instance; "mum says me it is dangerous to walk alone in the street at midnight."
    or " my friends are saying bla bla bla..." sorry I could not complete the sentence

    Thanks in advance!

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    Re: They say/are saying ?

    Another example given " what do you say? and " what are you saying?"

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    Re: They say/are saying ?

    These should be 'They are telling me' and 'They tell me'.

    Click HERE to read threads explaining the difference between say and tell.

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    Re: They say/are saying ?

    Quote Originally Posted by vlkn View Post
    Hi guys again;

    What is the difference between: " They are saying me...." and"they say me ...."
    For instance; "mum says me it is dangerous to walk alone in the street at midnight."
    or " my friends are saying bla bla bla..." sorry I could not complete the sentence

    Thanks in advance!
    Hi,
    You are making a very common mistake. "Mum says me" is wrong. "Mum tells me that..." or "Mum says that..."

    If you say "people are saying..." it means that many people are talking about something and saying the same thing. People are saying that George is going to ask Mary to marry him. People are saying that Elinore's baby is really Peter's, not Richard's.

    My mother has told me that it's dangerout to walk alone at night.
    People are talking about the man who has been robbing people in the park at night.
    People are saying that there's a man who has been robbing people in the park at night, though so far, no one has gone to the police.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: They say/are saying ?

    Thank you guys but if it is possible, can you give me an example by using "say" with simple present?

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    Re: They say/are saying ?

    Quote Originally Posted by vlkn View Post
    Thank you guys but if it is possible, can you give me an example by using "say" with simple present?
    They say that cigarettes are bad for you, but I don't believe it.

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    Re: They say/are saying ?

    Ok guys thank you all! I am gratefull for you

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