say vs tell : Common Errors in English

About say vs tell

You say “Hello, Mr. Chips” to the teacher, and then tell him about whatyou did last summer. You can’t “tell that” except in expressions like"go tell that to your old girlfriend."

say Meaning(s)

  • (n) the chance to speak
  • (v) express in words
  • (v) report or maintain
  • (v) express a supposition
  • (v) have or contain a certain wording or form
  • (v) give instructions to or direct somebody to do something with authority
  • (v) speak, pronounce, or utter in a certain way
  • (v) communicate or express nonverbally
  • (v) utter aloud
  • (v) state as one's opinion or judgement; declare
  • (v) recite or repeat a fixed text
  • (v) indicate

tell Meaning(s)

  • (n) a Swiss patriot who lived in the early 14th century and who was renowned for his skill as an archer; according to legend an Austrian governor compelled him to shoot an apple from his son's head with his crossbow (which he did successfully without mishap)
  • (v) express in words
  • (v) let something be known
  • (v) narrate or give a detailed account of
  • (v) give instructions to or direct somebody to do something with authority
  • (v) discern or comprehend
  • (v) inform positively and with certainty and confidence
  • (v) give evidence
  • (v) mark as different

say in News

  1. US officials say Assad used chem weapons

    WASHINGTON (AP) — US officials say the Obama administration has concluded that Syrian President Bashar Assad's regime has used chemical weapons against the opposition seeking to overthrow him, crossing what President Barack Obama called a 'red line'.
    on June 14, 2013 Source: Associated Press via Yahoo! News

  2. Police say 4 dead in St. Louis murder-suicide

    ST. LOUIS (AP) — St. Louis police say four people are confirmed dead in a murder-suicide shooting south of downtown.
    on June 14, 2013 Source: Associated Press via Yahoo! News

  3. Bruins say playoff standout Horton is day to day

    Bruins say playoff standout Horton is day to day
    on June 14, 2013 Source: CBS Sports

tell in News

  1. Tell Me More Wants Your Dream

    A lot has changed since Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his 'I Have A Dream' speech fifty years ago. In honor of the anniversary, Tell Me More is asking listeners to share their dreams via Twitter. Poet Tehran Von Ghasri kicks of the series by sharing his dream of a world without stereotypes.
    on June 13, 2013 Source: NPR

  2. Tell Me About It: Weather's not the problem here

    Question: How do you tell someone you love that you think they might have a psychiatric issue that needs to be addressed, i.e., crippling anxiety?
    on June 13, 2013 Source: The Philadelphia Inquirer

  3. Feds tell NY judge they'll comply with order letting girls of any age buy morning-after pill

    Feds tell NY judge they'll comply with order letting girls of any age buy morning-after pill NEW YORK (AP) — Feds tell NY judge they'll comply with order letting girls of any age buy morning-after pill.
    on June 13, 2013 Source: seattlepi.com

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