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Lesson Posted on 11/09/2020 Language/Spoken English Life Skills Coaching/Soft Skills Training/Communication Skills Training Exam Coaching/Foreign Education Exam Coaching/IELTS Coaching +1 Exam Coaching/Foreign Education Exam Coaching/TOEFL Coaching less

Difference between Say and Tell

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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... read more

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!


SAY TELL BOTH
DIRECT SPEECH GENERAL MESSAGE REPORTED SPEECH
WITH A NOUN INDIRECT SPEECH
ORDER/ADVICE

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Lesson Posted on 08/08/2019 Language/Spoken English Exam Coaching/Foreign Education Exam Coaching/IELTS Coaching Exam Coaching/Foreign Education Exam Coaching/TOEFL Coaching

Past continuous tense examples

Divya

I have written articles on different topics. He has read various kinds of books. They have played football. She has taken coffee. He has gone to the library. We have shopped in this market. We have watched movies in this Cineplex. You have shopped in that market. I have sung different kinds... read more
  • I have written articles on different topics.
  • He has read various kinds of books.
  • They have played football.
  • She has taken coffee.
  • He has gone to the library.
  • We have shopped in this market.
  • We have watched movies in this Cineplex.
  • You have shopped in that market.
  • I have sung different kinds of songs, especially modern.
  • I have listened to melodious songs.
  • He has travelled around the world.
  • They have played cricket in that field.
  • The poet has written romantic poems.
  • The lyricist has written realistic songs.
  • Have you listened to realistic songs?
  • I have not quarrelled with you.
  • Have you been to this place before?
  • I have helped him to do the task.
  • My mom has cooked beef with cabbage.
  • I have watched a cricket match on television.

 

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Answered on 02/10/2019 Exam Coaching/Foreign Education Exam Coaching/TOEFL Coaching

Hari Priya

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TOEFL or ielts both are English language proficiency tests and which one to choose merely depends on you. TOEFL is prevalent only in the USA whereas you ielts is almost accepted in all other countries. If you are planning for masters in the USA, then go for TOEFL.
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Answered on 09/08/2019 Exam Coaching/Foreign Education Exam Coaching/TOEFL Coaching

Akash Avhad

Personal Exam Coach for CAT | GMAT | GRE | NPAT /IPM | MH-CET

GRE scores are valid for up to five years though some universities ask for a more recent score.TOEFL and IELTS scores are valid for two years
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Answered on 02/10/2019 Exam Coaching/Foreign Education Exam Coaching/TOEFL Coaching

Hari Priya

Trainer

Hi, Meenakshi,It's ultimately your choice whether you want to prefer ielts or TOEFL. As a trainer, I feel ielts is much easier than TOEFL. For any person who is an intermediate level can easily take one month to complete the course.
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Answered on 06/08/2019 Exam Coaching/Foreign Education Exam Coaching/TOEFL Coaching

Aalifia U.

Teacher

Hello! Manmohan,TOEFL exam is quite tough and expensive as well. Therefore you need to develop those skills to achieve a good score.In spite of being good in English, you will have to prepare specifically for this exam.The preparation time is at least two months.Happy learning. read more

Hello! Manmohan,
TOEFL exam is quite tough and expensive as well. Therefore you need to develop those skills to achieve a good score.
In spite of being good in English, you will have to prepare specifically for this exam.
The preparation time is at least two months.
Happy learning.

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How can I be a high scorer (115+) in TOEFL IBT?

Shablika C.

Hi Madhukar!You can achieve a high score if you can determine yourself for adapting English same as your native language. You have to imbibe the language from all aspects, i.e., listening, To read, Writing, Speaking; to gain command over it affluently. Develop independent and essay writing skills, reading-comprehensive... read more

Hi Madhukar!
You can achieve a high score if you can determine yourself for adapting English same as your native language. You have to imbibe the language from all aspects, i.e., listening, To read, Writing, Speaking; to gain command over it affluently. Develop independent and essay writing skills, reading-comprehensive skills, listening and note-taking skills, and for speaking your pronunciation and grammar. Concurrently, keep developing your vocabulary and perfect your grammar that is the most significant aspect to improve with the language. Buy Book: TOEFL Princeton review, you may start from there.
 

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Answered on 06/09/2019 Exam Coaching/Foreign Education Exam Coaching/TOEFL Coaching

What should be my study plan for giving TOEFL?

Hari Priya

Trainer

Hi Sita,It depends on the student's ability. You must first attempt a diagnostic test, which will help you to know your flaws and accordingly, you can give extra time to your weak portion. However, a general study plan will be like planning each skill in one week and practice all the questions related... read more

Hi Sita,
It depends on the student's ability. You must first attempt a diagnostic test, which will help you to know your flaws and accordingly, you can give extra time to your weak portion. However, a general study plan will be like planning each skill in one week and practice all the questions related to the respective skill. This way, you will complete each skill in one week, and for four skills altogether you need one month.

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Answered on 04/09/2019 Exam Coaching/Foreign Education Exam Coaching/TOEFL Coaching

What is TOEFL exam?

Joe Xaviour

IELTS/General and Academic English Teacher (9 Years Experinece)

Test of English as a Foreign Language(TOEFL) is a standardized test to measure the English language ability of non-native speakers wishing to enroll in English-speaking universities. It is similiar to IELTS. TOEFL is widely accepted all over the world as IELTS.
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Answered on 18/06/2020 Exam Coaching/Foreign Education Exam Coaching/TOEFL Coaching

How to check TOEFL score recipients?

BigBen - The Language School

You can do it by following these steps : Log in to your TOEFL account Choose ‘View Scores’ option, present on the left-hand side of the page Download the Test Taker Score report The downloaded pdf will have the Institution Code and Department Code of the universities you have applied to.... read more

You can do it by following these steps :

  • Log in to your TOEFL account
  • Choose ‘View Scores’ option, present on the left-hand side of the page
  • Download the Test Taker Score report
  • The downloaded pdf will have the Institution Code and Department Code of the universities you have applied to.
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