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Unit 1: Negative and interrogative sentences
Unit 2: Short answers
Unit 3: Question tags
Unit 4: Questions and exclamations
Unit 5: So, neither, nor, either
Unit 6: Be, used to, would, be/get/become used to, dare, have, get, become, grow, go, turn, fall and feel
Unit 7: Verb tenses: forms
Unit 8: Irregular verbs
Unit 9: Verb tenses: uses
Unit 10: Personal pronouns, possessives and reflexive pronouns
Unit 11: The genitive case
Unit 12: Singular and plural nouns
Unit 13: Gender
Unit 14: A, an, some, any, no, not, none, each, every and the; compounds of some, any, no and every
Unit 15: Neither, not...either, none, not...any, both and all
Unit 16: A few, few, a lot, lots, a little, little, many, much, no and plenty
Unit 17: Enough, too, so and such
Unit 18: Comparative and superlative sentences
Unit 19: The adjective order
Unit 20: Relative clauses
Unit 21: Do and make
Unit 22: Modal verbs
Unit 23: Infinitives, gerunds and present participles
Unit 24: Conditional sentences
Unit 25: Passive sentences
Unit 26: Reported speech
Unit 27: Purpose
Unit 28: Word order
Unit 29: Inversion
Unit 30: Connectors
Unit 31: Prepositions
Unit 32: Phrasal verbs
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English Grammar for Beginners:
Unit 1: A, an, some any and the
Unit 2: Some, any + body/one, + thing, + where
Unit 3: Personal pronouns and possessives
Unit 4: Reflexive pronouns, the reciprocal pronoun "each other" and object pronouns
Unit 5: List of irregular verbs
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Mar 17, 2010, 5:15 AM
Post #1 of 3
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
Aug 21, 2010, 8:03 AM
Post #2 of 3
"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.
Sep 13, 2010, 10:25 PM
Post #3 of 3
First of all, I wish to thank Yourtutor for his/her reply!
I would like to add something else. Please note the following:
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".)