- Say is used to report
- She said "I'm thirsty. I'd like a glass
- She said (that) she was thirsty and
would like a glass of water.
- Say is followed by 'to'
before the object :
- Did she actually say
- Please say a few words
to the pupils before you leave.
- He didn't say anything
to his parents about his plans.
Say is used to ask about
- Do you know how to say 'water' in
- How do you say "thank you" in Chinese?
- We say :
goodbye', 'please', 'thank you',
'yes', 'no', 'congratulations', 'good luck',
'sorry', 'excuse me',
'Merry Christmas', 'Happy New Year', 'Happy
- Tell is used to inform or
- Could you tell me the way to the station
- Tell the children to go to bed!
- Tell is followed directly
by the object :
- Did she tell you her
- The teacher told the children to stop making noise.
- Tell is used for narration
- Tom has always been very good at telling
- I want you to tell me all about your trip.
- We tell :
the time, our name, how to do something, the
truth, a lie, a secret, a story, the difference
between two things, the way to the station,
where something is ...