Say or Tell?

One Point Lesson: Commonly Confused Words

Say of Tell?

Say and Tell are both irregular verbs. Please remember that the past simple form of say is said, and the past simple of tell is told.

We can use say and tell in different ways in reported speech.

SAY emphasizes the words someone said. For example;

“ I had a wonderful experience in New York”, he said. (The focus is on the exact statement.)

TELL focuses on the content or the information of what someone said. For example;

“ He told me that he had a wonderful experience in New York.” (The focus is on the information.)


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