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    Say and Tell

    1.what is the difference between said and told?which is more apt? and please explain why?
    I said not to repeat it.
    I told not to repeat it.

    2.Is it's and its the same?If so,which is more often used.?

    3.I have joined for a short term course.i want to know for how many days classes will be there.Is it right to ask what is the duration of the course?

    4.Is it correct to say 'A person has big stomach' ( who has a projected stomach with full of fat.)

    please correct,if there are any mistakes

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    Last edited by muktha; 07-Jun-2008 at 07:36.

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    re: Say and Tell

    Say-Express in words. a statement.
    Tell- to make known.
    I told him not to repeat it . You made it known that he should not repeat it.
    It's-Contraction of It is and it has.
    It's raining.-It is raining.
    It's been said.-It has been said.
    Its-possessive pronoun.
    Hockey has lost its glory in India.
    I have joined a short term course. What is the duration of the course?
    Pot belly.This word is commonly used here.
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    rj1948.
    Last edited by RonBee; 07-Jun-2008 at 16:13.

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    re: Say and Tell

    I said not to repeat it.
    I told not to repeat it.
    I told you not to repeat it.
    I was told (by you) not to repeat it.

    Note,
    I say (that) ...
    I told you (that) ...
    ______________

    It's is a contraction of it is and it has.
    Ex: It's nice ~ It is nice.
    Ex: It's been nice ~ It has been nice.
    Its is a possessive pronoun (e.g., his, her, etc.).
    Ex: Give the dog its bone.
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    What is the duration of the course?

    ______________

    A person has a big stomach.

    ______________

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    Re: Say and Tell

    He said he had bought a new car.
    He told me he bought a new car.

    He said it was too hot.
    He told me it was too hot.

    She said the class should turn in their homework Monday morning.
    She told the class to turn in their homework Monday morning.

    Last edited by RonBee; 07-Jun-2008 at 18:28. Reason: fix something

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    Re: Say and Tell

    Tell and say can also work like this:

    Ex: He told it. <He gave the information>
    Ex: He said it. <He uttered the words>

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    Re: Say and Tell

    Quote Originally Posted by Soup View Post
    Tell and say can also work like this:

    Ex: He told it. <He gave the information>
    Ex: He said it. <He uttered the words>
    Yes, but you would most likely see (or hear):
    He told it to somebody.
    He told his story.
    He told a story.
    He told a lie.
    He told it to me.
    He told it to me in confidence.
    He told me a secret.
    There are many other possibilities.


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    Wink Re: Say and Tell

    I said: a neutral expression of the character
    I told: an action separating the character


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    Re: Say and Tell

    Quote Originally Posted by rj1948 View Post
    Say-Express in words. a statement.
    Tell- to make known.
    I told him not to repeat it . You made it known that he should not repeat it.
    It's-Contraction of It is and it has.
    It's raining.-It is raining.
    It's been said.-It has been said.
    Its-possessive pronoun.
    Hockey has lost its glory in India.
    I have joined a short term course. What is the duration of the course?
    Pot belly.This word is commonly used here.
    Regards,
    rj1948.
    Hi,

    Agreed

    TELL:Express in words

    ex:Tell me what is bothering you

    SAY:Express a supposition

    ex: Let us say that he did not tell the truth"; "Let's say you had a lot of money--what would you do

    Thanks

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