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    Said and told difference

    Hi,

    Please tell me when to ues say(said) and tell (told).

    Please aslo suggest which of the following sentences are correct...

    1) No one has told me that I am giving good service, but I think I am giving good customer service
    OR
    No one has said that I am giving good service, but I think I am giving good customer service

    2) He told me that he will reach here in 5 miutes
    OR
    He said that he will reach here in 5 miutes

    3) Please say me the customer ID number
    OR
    Please tell me the customer ID number

    Is ther any other way to express these sentences?

    Thanks

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    Re: Said and told difference

    Quote Originally Posted by vishalinit View Post
    Hi,

    Please tell me when to ues say(said) and tell (told).
    Say <utter words>; Tell <give information>:

    Tell me your name = Give me information.
    Say your name = Utter words.



    3a) Please say me...

    • Please say (the word), "Me".
      • OK, I'll utter the word, "Me". "Me"!
    3b) Please tell me...

    • Please tell me the information.

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    Re: Said and told difference

    Quote Originally Posted by vishalinit View Post

    1a. No one has told me that I am giving good service, but I think I am giving good customer service.
    1b. No one has said that I am giving good service, but I think I am giving good customer service.

    2a. He told me that he will reach here in 5 minutes.
    2b. He said that he will reach here in 5 minutes.

    3a. Please say me the customer ID number. X
    3b. Please tell me the customer ID number.
    Sometimes there is not any real difference in meaning, but with 'tell' we must say who is told (the words I have put in bold), and we do not use 'to'. With 'say' there is no need to say who is told; if we do, we must use 'to', as in the 'c' examples below:

    1c. No one has said to me that I am giving good service, but I think I am giving good customer service.
    2c. He said to me that he will reach here in 5 minutes.


    #3a could be phrased as #3c i or ii, below, though this unlikely:

    3c.i. Please say me the customer ID number.
    3c.ii. Please say me the customer ID number to me.


    We would be more likely to phrase this either as #3b, or as:

    3d. Please read out the customer ID number to me.

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    Re: Said and told difference

    I'd like to add that when tell is directly followed by the direct object, you put to before the indirect object, which is obligatory, eg:
    I told the news to my parents. = I told my parents the news.

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    #5

    Re: Said and told difference

    ***I'm not a teacher***


    In addition to what's already been said, here are some expressions used with say and tell:


    SAY
    ~hello, ~good morning, ~something/nothing, ~so (A: Why do I have to do it? B: Because I said so.), ~a prayer,~ a few words, ~no more, ~for certain/sure


    TELL
    ~the thruth, ~a lie, ~a story, ~a secret,~ a joke, ~the time, ~the difference, ~one from another, ~somebody the way, ~somebody so (I told you so!), ~somebody's fortune

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