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Farham
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Mar 17, 2010, 5:15 AM


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Hi
Which one of the following sentences is correct and why?

1) who says Adam's English is bad?
2) who tells Adam's English is bad?

Would you please tell me what the difference is between " tell" and " say" ? Please mention some examples.

Thanks very much


Yourtutor
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Aug 21, 2010, 8:03 AM


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Re: [Farham] question

Hi Farham,
"Say" is generally used for statements: Maria said that she is going to London tomorrow.
"Tell" is usually followed by a pronoun: Maria told me that she is going to London tomorrow.

So sentence number 1 would be the right one.

Kind regards,

Yourtutor
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Mike
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Sep 13, 2010, 10:25 PM


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Re: [Farham] question

Hello, Farham!

First of all, I wish to thank Yourtutor for his/her reply!

I would like to add something else. Please note the following:

say that...
say to somebody that...
tell someboy that...

She told me that she was happy.
She said to me that she was happy.
She said that she was happy.

"She told that she was happy" is not correct.

You say something (to somebody), but you tell somebody something or tell something to somebody. See http://www.polseguera.org/...ammar/word_order.php example or section 5 and http://www.polseguera.org/.../reported_speech.php.

I told her my name. / I told my name to her. (I prefer the first option.)
They said goodbye, and left. ("They told goodbye" is not correct.)
Please do not say that to me again!
Who says that? ("Who tells that?" is not correct.)
I told you, and you did not believe me! (Do not say "I told it to you or I told you it".)

Best regards,
Mike