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    What is the difference between tell and Say?

    Can anyone mention the key difference between the tell and the Say?? With proper example and explanation

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    Re: What is the difference between tell and Say??

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    Can anyone mention explain the key difference between the "tell" and the "say"? With proper example and explanation
    Welcome to the forum.

    See my corrections above. What have you learnt already about "tell" and "say"? Try to write some sentences using the words and we will look at them.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: What is the difference between tell and Say??

    "Tell" and "say" usually have a similar meaning, but they have different structures :

    I SAY something
    I say something TO you
    I TELL you something
    Don't TELL her this
    Don't SAY this TO her
    Let me TELL you a story.
    Let me SAY something TO you.

    Can you TELL that I'm bigger now ?
    Am I bigger now ? I can't SAY.

    Whether to use TELL or SAY in every day conversation depends on common use, in my opinion there are no rules really, it's more based on commonly used native patterns.

    Anyone disagree ?

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    Re: What is the difference between tell and Say??

    They differ in their core meanings. To put it very simply:


    • tell is about transmitting information. It's not necessarily done with language (and often isn't).


    • say is about using language. It's not necessarily about transmitting information (but usually is).


    Her eyes told me everything I needed to know, though she didn't say a word.

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    Re: What is the difference between tell and Say??

    Darbrider, as your profile shows that you are a native English speaker, I'm sure you know that we don't put a space before a question mark in written English, and that "everyday" should have been one word in your post.
    Also, please note that in post #2, I asked the OP to give us some example sentences of their own. Please wait until such questions/requests have been dealt with before handing out answers.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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