Student or Learner
What is the difference between verb `say' and `tell'.
Could anyone explain me?
come on!@ there should be more differences.
we use say in some occasions that we don't use tell and vise versa
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 ....)
And we can use "say of "
E.x: He said of an attractive guy who allured many girls
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