Differences between Say and Tell


Use ‘say’ to to speak in general about something that has been said by someone. ‘Say’ is often used to report what someone else has said.

John said he had a good time in Las Vegas.
The teacher often says we need to study more.

Important Note: ‘Say’ refers to any type of speech and is therefore more general in nature.

Verb Forms: Say – Said – Said – Saying

Use ‘tell’ to mean that someone has instructed or informed someone else of something.

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