say/tell your name

ademoglu

Senior Member
Joined
Sep 18, 2014
Member Type
Student or Learner
Native Language
Turkish
Home Country
Turkey
Current Location
Turkey
Hi,

Can we say 'Say your name to me' instead of 'Tell me your name' and 'Say your birthday to me' instead of 'Tell me your birthday'?

Thanks.
 

Rover_KE

Moderator
Staff member
Joined
Jun 20, 2010
Member Type
Retired English Teacher
Native Language
English
Home Country
England
Current Location
England
You can say both of those but it would be obvious that you weren't a native speaker.
 

emsr2d2

Moderator
Staff member
Joined
Jul 28, 2009
Member Type
English Teacher
Native Language
British English
Home Country
UK
Current Location
UK
If you were trying to hear the pronunciation of someone's name more clearly, you might say "Say your name to me" but it's not the same as "Tell me your name". You probably already know the person's name but you need them to say it again so that you can concentrate on the pronunciation.
 
Top