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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
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
He said that he will reach here in 5 miutes
3) Please say me the customer ID number
Please tell me the customer ID number
Is ther any other way to express these sentences?
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
methe customer ID number.
3c.ii. Please say
methe 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.
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.
***I'm not a teacher***
In addition to what's already been said, here are some expressions used with say and tell:
~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
~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