Find the best tutors and institutes for Spoken English

Find Best Spoken English classes

Please select a Category.

Please select a Locality.

No matching category found.

No matching Locality found.

Outside India?

Difference between Say and Tell

11/09/2020 0 0

Today you will learn the difference between the verbs 'say' and 'tell'. We often get confused with these two verbs as both of them are quite similar because they both talk about giving information to another person.
Both these verbs are used to communicate verbally. In both the verbs, you're uttering words from your mouth. But when you're telling something, there's always a listener involved, and on the other hand, when you're saying something, listeners might or might not be present.

To summarize the above sentence,

● You say things

● You tell things to someone else.

So, the primary difference is Use 'say' when the listener is not necessary. Let's learn more about these verb's rules using examples!

1. Merry told Cristine to go away.
2. Merry said Cristine to go away.

The first sentence is correct because we use 'tell' when the listener is necessary.

1. Jo told him to keep quiet.
2. Jo told him to keep quiet.

The first sentence is correct because we always use 'tell' when someone is giving/taking orders or advice.
1. She said that it was too easy.
2. She told me it was too easy.

We can use both 'say' and 'tell' in case of reported or indirect speech. But don't forget to add me after told in this case. Easy, right?

1. Alex never says 'thank you' for anything.
2. Alex never tells me 'thank you' for anything.

The first one is correct because we use 'say' when the emphasis is on the actual words the other person said or when we're reporting the exact words of someone and we use 'tell' when you want to focus on
the general message.

1. Sara loves telling jokes.
2. Sara loves saying jokes.

The first one is correct because we always use 'tell' with a noun. The noun could be a lie, truth, future, past, etc. Now, let's quickly revise what we've understood till now!


0 Dislike
Follow 2

Please Enter a comment


Other Lessons for You

How to Get a Better at English
We are not improving our English language skills, because we're not practising it regularly. A few tips which would help you, heard of TED talks? Josh talks? Listen to it every day. I've been doing this...

Nimmy R. | 28 Apr

1 0

Five ways to not repeat the word
Many times while talking to strangers or the people we want to be polite with, we end up using the word “please” too often. So, here are some ways to avoid using “Please” while...

Indu S. | 17 Apr

0 0

How to Build Confidence to Speak Fluent English?
One of the critical requirements in today's fast-forwarding time is to Speak Fluent English, given English is the universally adapted Second Language! To be able to have a clear conversation in one's Friend...

Fatima M. | 30 Mar

0 1

How to Ace IELTS Writing
IELTS is the most popular and highest attempted English Proficiency Test required for Studying or Working Abroad.There are four sections- Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening. Although the reading...

Soumita S. | 25 Mar

1 0

How to Initiate Your Speech: Multiple Expressions & Phrases Used Worldwide
COMMUNICATION SKILL: Day-1 How to Initiate/ Your Sentences/ Speech: Sentence Starter In an informal conversation where people express their opinion: I would say…………………… ...

Shyam Kumar | 01/12/2020

2 0

Looking for Spoken English classes?

Find best Spoken English classes in your locality on UrbanPro.

Are you a Tutor or Training Institute?

Join UrbanPro Today to find students near you

Looking for Spoken English Classes?

Find best tutors for Spoken English Classes by posting a requirement.

  • Post a learning requirement
  • Get customized responses
  • Compare and select the best

Looking for Spoken English Classes?

Find best Spoken English Classes in your locality on UrbanPro

Post your learning requirement is India's largest network of most trusted tutors and institutes. Over 55 lakh students rely on, to fulfill their learning requirements across 1,000+ categories. Using, parents, and students can compare multiple Tutors and Institutes and choose the one that best suits their requirements. More than 7.5 lakh verified Tutors and Institutes are helping millions of students every day and growing their tutoring business on Whether you are looking for a tutor to learn mathematics, a German language trainer to brush up your German language skills or an institute to upgrade your IT skills, we have got the best selection of Tutors and Training Institutes for you. Read more