Say or Tell

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If you want to understand the difference between say and tell you should quickly read of thesubject or object’ blog on this website first.

Some verbs are followed by a direct object and some are not.

The word tell is always followed by a direct object

E.g. I told him to leave the classroom him is the direct object.

 

The word say is never followed by a direct object, but it is sometimes followed by: that + subject or rarely by, to + object

E.g.         I said that I wanted to go outside.

I said to her that I wanted to go outside. – in this situation it would be more common to use tell, e.g.       I told her that I wanted to go outside.

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