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    Learn English > English lessons and exercises > English test #128184: Say or tell
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    Say or tell

    Say and tell have basically the same meaning.However we use them differently.



    1.We can use 'say' without indicating who we are talking to.

    Examples: say goodbye      say where you live        say what you'd like to drink.       

    Say him goodbye is not correct.  Say goodbye to him is correct.


    2.Tell is usually followed by a word that indicates who we are talking to.

    Tell him I can't talk to him.    He told the boys to start working.  I'll tell you about my trip tomorrow.  

    Exceptions: we don't need to indicate who we are talking to with the expressions tell the truth/tell a lie/tell a story.

    We can say I told him a lie or I told a lie.

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    1. Yesterday we her to send us the form.

    2. He his mother he loved his new girlfriend.

    3. I it would be too complicated.

    4. He us about his project tomorrow.

    5. Last week we we would help him.

    6. He's honest.He always the truth.

    7. Listen to me ! I'm going to you the truth.

    8. Please the teacher that I'll be late.

    9. He often that he would like to have a big family.

    10. He is that he won't come with us on the outing.

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