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    say vs said

    As far as I know, say is a present tense whereas said is a past tense. I've got confused by the drama that I've been watching lately.

    A bad guy, named G. He has given an idea to make a deal. One of his member has said this to the guy who want to make a deal with G.


    Member: Just do as what G says...

    another example:--->Derrick told Steve that James is doing something that freak people out.
    Steve: Derrick says that you are acting weird, are you okay?

    why don't they use SAID, instead of says. since they have already say it out. For me, I think it supposed to be... just do as what G said and.... Derrick said that......

    Am I correct..?

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    Re: say vs said

    Quote Originally Posted by ahmin92 View Post

    Am I correct..?

    NOT A TEACHER


    (1) Yes, I believe that you are correct: you could use the past.

    (2) But native speakers often like to use the present tense in conversations.

    (3) Some books explain that it makes the conversation more "vivid." That is,

    it makes the situation more personal and more immediate.

    (4) So you often hear native speakers say something like:

    I hear that you are getting married. Congratulations! (By using the present tense,

    you more personally, emotionally, dramatically connect a past event with the

    conversation that you are having NOW with someone.)

    (5) "Derrick says that you are acting weird."

    (a) One book might explain it this way:

    Derrick has said that you are acting weird, and the speaker is now remembering

    Derrick's words. (Credit: English Review Grammar by Walter Kay Smart.)

    (6) I know that it is very confusing. Learners always ask about this matter. If you have

    more questions, just post them. The great teachers will be happy to help you.

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    Re: say vs said

    This is a great exemplarthe great question and great responsefor why I have been so enjoying reading this forum. It never dawned on me why we (meaning US native speakers like myself) use the present tense in this manner! Very cool.

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