- Takes some concentration and study to learn how to use these two verbs correctly.
- You tell someone something
- You say something to someone or repeat what some said.
- No "pronoun"after "say".
He said me to buy some beer. < = incorrect
- No "to" after "tell".
Tell to me where I can buy some beer. < = incorrect
TO SAY + THAT: (say - said - saying)
- Something is being repeated that was said by someone else.
- Think "gossip".
- She said, He said.....
- She said, "I love to travel."
- She said that she loved to travel.
- She said that she didn't like vanilla ice cream.
- She said "I don't like vanilla ice cream."
- What did your girl friend say?
She said that she would meet me at 10.
- Dilma said that the Brazilian economy was doing well.
- John said he freaked out when the plane began shaking.
- What did you say? I said that you need to study more.
TO TELL + PRONOUN: (tell - told - telling)
- Someone is communicating something to you or to someone else.
- As in teacher to student, Doctor to patient, Father to Son
- to tell + pronoun (me, him, her, them, us, you)
- My teacher told me to study more.
- The Doctor told her to stop smoking.
- What did your wife tell you? She told me NOT to go to the bar.
- If I told you once, I've told you a 100 times, the language of Brazil is Portuguese; not Spanish.
- Dilma told me that the Brazilian economy is doing well. (face-to-face)
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