Do you find it difficult to know when to use "say" and when to use "tell"? You are not alone - it's a common problem. Try my quiz and then learn the difference.
Put "say" or "tell" into the sentences. Remember to think about the grammar and use the correct form as well.
Now read the explanation and check your answers.
The most important difference between "say" and "tell" is this:
We say something or we say something to somebody.
We tell somebody or we tell somebody something.
After "tell", there is a person.
Daniel said, "I'm hungry!"
Daniel said (that) he was hungry.
What did you say to her?
They told me to come back later.
Peter told Jane (that) he loved her.
She told everyone my secret!
The other phrases just have to be learnt:
He always smiles and says hello.
Every night, he says a prayer before he goes to sleep.
These shoes look the same to me. I can't tell the difference.
It's wrong to tell lies.
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