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    say and tell question

    How do I explain the difference between "say" and "tell"?


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    Re: say and tell question

    say (verb) utter words so as to convey general information, an opinion, an instruction, etc.

    He says he has never been abroad in his life
    She says that she likes to go shopping


    tell (verb) 1 communicate information to someone. 2 instruct to do something. 3 relate (a story).

    She tells her children a story every night
    Tell me how to program that computer
    They tell the tourist how to find the railway station
    She tells me that she likes to go shopping

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