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    told / said

    I am facing difficulties to use the word "told' and "said" during conversation. Both are past tenses, Would you please explain to me usage of these words with more examples?


    1. He told me that he wont come today.

    2. He said to me, He will be absent today.

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    Re: told / said

    'He said to me that he will be absent today.'

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    Re: told / said

    [Not a teacher]

    1.

    "Tell" (usually) + Personal object --- He told me that he wont come today.
    Exceptions in the case of fixed expressions --- Tell the time, Tell the truth, etc.

    "Say" (not usually) + Personal object --- He said that he woudn't come today.
    If using a personal object + "to" --- He said to me, he will be absent today.


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    "Tell" to mean instruct --- He told me to finish the job quickly.
    "Tell" to mean inform --- He told me a secret.
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    Re: told / said

    Please state the source of the examples you have quoted, JMRB.

    Ajay, Type told/said in the Google Custom Search box near the top of the page. You will find links to previous answers to your question.

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    Re: told / said

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    Please state the source of the examples you have quoted, JMRB.

    Ajay, Type told/said in the Google Custom Search box near the top of the page. You will find links to previous answers to your question.
    Hi Rover.

    I didn't use the UsingEnglish search engine in this case. I use to do it (see) but not now. I read about the difference between these two verbs (and among them and "speak") some time ago, and write the reply.

    Anyway, you are right, there are much more complete approaches to it in the forum.
    José Manuel Rosón Bravo

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