SAY or TELL?

7 Oct

We use “reported speech” to talk about things that people say.  Two verbs that are used to report speech are “say” and “tell”.  Today we will explain how to use them:

Use “say” before a noun clause. Example: “John SAID that he was going to work.”

Use “tell” when you also want to show who the listener is. Example: “John TOLD ME that he was going to work.”

In other words, after “tell” we need an indirect object (“me” in the example).

“Tell” is also used together with question clauses, and to inform somebody “about” something. Look at the picture for examples…

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  1. SAY, TELL or ASK? | Hägar Language School - May 11, 2014

    […] Also check our earlier post about SAY and TELL in “reported speech”. […]

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