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    Smile give/hand it over

    hello everyone,
    kindly help me out with the differences in the use of the following terms:
    Give the keys to me/hand over the keys to me.
    He did not come to meeting/he did not turn-up for the meeting.
    What did you tell? what did you say?

    thank you

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    Default Re: give/hand it over

    Quote Originally Posted by Shad View Post
    hello everyone,
    kindly help me out with the differences in the use of the following terms:
    Give the keys to me/hand over the keys to me.
    He did not come to meeting/he did not turn-up for the meeting.
    What did you tell? what did you say?

    thank you
    Your first two pairs have equivalent meanings. In the second "show up" would be more common than "turn up".

    "What did you tell" would not be common.

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    Default Re: give/hand it over

    what about this one:
    Tell john to meet me/say him to meet me

    confused with tell amd say!

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    Default Re: give/hand it over

    Quote Originally Posted by Shad View Post
    what about this one:
    Tell john to meet me/say him to meet me

    confused with tell amd say!
    That one would need "tell". They are confusing. Look up both words in a good dictionary and examine the examples.

    Try www.dictionary.com or www.m-w.com .

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    Default Re: give/hand it over

    Thank you Mike

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    Default Re: give/hand it over

    Quote Originally Posted by Shad View Post
    Thank you Mike
    You're welcome, Shad.

    One more thought.

    Tell can be used with an indirect object: Tell John a story.

    Say cannot.

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    Default Re: give/hand it over

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
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    "What did you tell" would not be common.
    ...but "What did you tell them" would. As Mike said in another post Shad, a dictionary is a good starting point

    b

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    thank you teachers

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