How many times have I said you not to do that?" We hear this all the time, don`t we? But is it correct? Can we interchange say and tell any way we want to? Read about the difference and try the language quiz!
- Both mean the same, but they are used in different ways.
- We use tell when we also have the information who is told. Example: My mother told me to do my homework.
- Wrong: My mother told to do my homework.
- Wrong: My mother told to me to do my homework.
- Wrong: My mother said me to do my homework.
- With say, we usually do not have who is told. Example: My mother said that I had to do my homework.
- Wrong: My mother said me I had to do my homework.
- Remember, that the main difference is that with tell you are giving more information on the person you told something to.
- With said, you are only giving the information; not specifying who was informed.
1. Allocate at least ten minutes a day to brushing up your language skills. Sorry, there were no correct entries to last time`s quiz.
2. If you carry a few flash cards with you, you could always have a quick look at them for vocabulary.
3. Build mental pictures of words when you are learning vocabulary.
4. Constantly test yourself by recalling words that you have learned in the course of the month or last month. It is good to jog your memory.
1. What did she tell you yesterday?
2. She said yesterday that she wouldn`t come for the movie.
3. I want to say a few things about myself.
4. How many times have I told you not to open the fridge with wet hands?
5. The children wanted grandmother to tell them the story again!
6. say , will you wait for me?