Thursday, 14 June 2007

Tell or Say

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  • You use these two words mainly in reported speech. You use the word "Tell" when you want to report what one person told you;

e.g Direct Speech

You have to do the homework.

Reported Speech
He told me (that) I had to do my homework.


  • You use the word "say" when somebody talks to a group of people and you want to report what that person said:

e.g Direct Speech
We have to do the homework

Reported Speech
He said (that) we had to do the homework.

  • The word "that" is optional.

  • Look at the different subjects.

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