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    #1

    Unhappy say vs. tell

    is there any difference between these words?


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    Re: say vs. tell

    yep ..
    What time does the clock say?
    A clock tells the time.
    I told him to go home.
    I said, "Go home."

    basically .. said is for exact quotes etc... told is usually followed by an IO..
    beyond that
    http://home.elp.rr.com/eslstudent/ho...y_and_tell.htm

    and the dictionary is always your friend
    www.dictionary.com

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    Re: say vs. tell

    And you can test yourself here: http://www.usingenglish.com/quizzes/83.html

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    Re: say vs. tell

    In addition to the wonderful information and links, both "say" and "tell" mean to utter words, sounds, but "tell" expresses a bit more. It means to give information. For example,

    [1] Say your name. <pronounce the word, sounds for me>
    [2] Tell me your name. <give me that information>

    [3] Tell us the time. <give us that information>
    [4] Say the time. <pronounce the words, sounds>

    [5] Tell what the weather is like. <give that information>
    [6] Say what the weather is like. <pronounce the words, sounds>

    Hope that helps.

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    #5

    Re: say vs. tell

    Quote Originally Posted by phillip_l
    yep ..
    What time does the clock say?
    A clock tells the time.
    I told him to go home.
    I said, "Go home."
    basically .. said is for exact quotes etc... told is usually followed by an IO..
    beyond that
    http://home.elp.rr.com/eslstudent/ho...y_and_tell.htm
    and the dictionary is always your friend
    www.dictionary.com
    thank you for your help & links, that dictionary is great! I always try to find the first information from the dictionary I constantly use, but the problem is that in Russian or Turkish it seems to be the same

    to Casiopea: thank you very much too
    I think now I've got it
    Last edited by littlegiant; 04-Apr-2006 at 11:17.

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