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    said/was saying

    He was saying that he'd had a terrible day.
    He said that he'd had a terrible day.

    What's the difference between these two sentences? What context does each need to have?

    Other such sentences:
    " Pete, it was a wonderful race you drove, " this individual was saying.
    Last week he was saying: " It is difficult being so young and presiding over men much older and more experienced... but I have gone ahead ignoring my youth and generally there is nothing to remind me of it except occasions like this when there is nothing much to be said except that I am only 30. "
    Could you please explain why the 'was saying' rather than 'said' was used?

    Could I ask native English teachers to help me please? Thank you in advance.
    Last edited by joham; 28-Jul-2008 at 02:26. Reason: Two sentences added.

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    Quote Originally Posted by joham View Post
    He was saying that he'd had a terrible day.
    He said that he'd had a terrible day.

    What's the difference between these two sentences? What context does each need to have?

    Other such sentences:
    " Pete, it was a wonderful race you drove, " this individual was saying.
    Last week he was saying: " It is difficult being so young and presiding over men much older and more experienced... but I have gone ahead ignoring my youth and generally there is nothing to remind me of it except occasions like this when there is nothing much to be said except that I am only 30. "
    Could you please explain why the 'was saying' rather than 'said' was used?

    Could I ask native English teachers to help me please? Thank you in advance.
    He said that he'd had a terrible day. <- Itīs the same thing, than says
    He was saying that he'd had a terrible day. <- Itīs the acction to say something. For me itīs this.
    I hope to help you


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    Re: said/was saying

    He was saying that he'd had a terrible day.
    He said that he'd had a terrible day.


    Two people in a bar after work.
    SHE: I haven't seen Paul tonight.
    HE: Oh, I was talking to Paul earlier. He said he'd had a terrible day. His secretary was off sick and he'd had no one to answer the phone and do his typing.

    Two people in a bar after work.
    PAUL: "...and no one to do my typing. So...
    MARY comes over and joins them.
    JOHN: OH, Mary, you must hear this. Paul was just saying what a terrible day he'd had. Go on, Paul, tell Mary about it.

    "Don't take what he says seriously. He's always talking big. Last week he was saying he was being head-hunted for a top job by some big International, and this week, it's getting into managing a new boy band he's going to form; and you watch, next week he'll be saying something just as grandiose- it's all pie in the sky to make a big impression."
    Last edited by David L.; 28-Jul-2008 at 06:46.

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