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    It's not only that I say it, many other people tell me that too.

    Would it be possible to replace the first "say" with "tell" and the word "tell" from the second part of the sentence with "say"?

    It's not only that I tell it, many other people say it to me too.

    OR

    It's not only that I say it, many other people say it to me too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GUEST2008 View Post
    Hi

    It's not only that I say it, many other people tell me that too.

    Would it be possible to replace the first "say" with "tell" and the word "tell" from the second part of the sentence with "say"?

    It's not only that I tell it, many other people say it to me too.

    OR

    It's not only that I say it, many other people say it to me too.

    thanks
    The problem with this is that there is not enough context to tell you what "say it" refers to. I can see possible cases for all of these usages. In speech, emphasis would also provide meaning.

    "It's not only that I say it - many other people tell me that too".
    But what am I saying?

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    Re: sentence

    Quote Originally Posted by Anglika View Post
    The problem with this is that there is not enough context to tell you what "say it" refers to. I can see possible cases for all of these usages. In speech, emphasis would also provide meaning.

    "It's not only that I say it - many other people tell me that too".
    But what am I saying?
    For example: I'm saying that I have become a better person and many other people tell/say me that too.


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    Re: sentence

    Quote Originally Posted by GUEST2008 View Post
    For example: I'm saying that I have become a better person and many other people tell/say me that too.
    Right. In this case, "say" and "tell" are correct.

    Say = state a fact
    Tell = say something to someone.

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