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    say/tell

    What is the difference between verb `say' and `tell'.

    Could anyone explain me?

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    Re: say/tell

    Quote Originally Posted by user_gary View Post
    What is the difference between verb `say' and `tell'.

    Could anyone explain me?
    They are synonims. Only use "to" after "say" when you address to somone. In short "say to"= "tell".

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    Talking Re: say/tell

    come on!@ there should be more differences.
    we use say in some occasions that we don't use tell and vise versa

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    Smile Re: say/tell

    Hi User_Gary,

    Both are used with 'direct' and 'indirect speech'. Say is more common than tell with direct speech.
    'Turn right,' I said. (Or 'Turn right' I told him.)
    She said that...(OR She told me that.....)

    Tell is only used to mean 'insturct' or 'inform'. So we do not use tell with greetings, exclamations or questions,
    He said, 'Hi.' (BUT NOT He told them, 'Hi.')

    After tell, we usually say who is told.
    She told me that she would be late. (not She told that ....)

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    Re: say/tell

    And we can use "say of "

    E.x: He said of an attractive guy who allured many girls

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    Re: say/tell

    dear,


    we use say for something or immitate a sound as a child.
    tell is used to narate a story or tell someone news.

    with nice times

    saleemabu

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