hi can any on help me when to use tell, told and said many thanks

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8votes

bluebird 1670

Hi,

Told is past simple of Tell .

meaning: to give information to somebody by speaking or writing

example:

  1. This book tells you how to make bred.

  2. I told her my new address.

Said is past simple of Say.

meaning:to make words with your mouth and to give information in writing ,number or picture.

example:

  1. 'This is my room,' he said.

  2. She said that she was cold.

say or tell?

We use say with the actual words that are spoken ,or before that in reported speech:"I'm ready" Tim said. Tim said that he was ready.

Notice that

You say something to somebody : Tim said to Kate that he was ready.

but

You tell somebody something (without to):Tim told Kate that he was ready.

commented

very useful thank u

commented

Thanks a lot.

commented

Great explanation

commented

YOU CAN ALSO SAY SOMETHING TO SOMEONE IT IS A PROBLEM OF DIRECT/INDIRECT SPEECH YOU ALWAYS USE SAY EXCEPT IN A CASE WHEN THE PERSON WHO U ARE TALKING TO IS SPECIFIED SO..I SAY :-I AM READY I SAY TO YOU:-I AM READYE I SAY TTHAT I AM READY I TELL YOU (THAT)I AM READY THERE ARE ALSO IDIOMS FOR EXAMPLE SAY YES SAY NO SAY A WORD TELL A LIE TELL THE TRUTH TELL A STORY TELL A JOKE SAY SAID SAID TELL TOLD TOLD RESPECTIVELY BASE FORM /PAST TENSE/ PAST PARTICIPLE I HOPE IT IS CLEARER NOW

2votes

Zoltes 590

You tell/told someone something;

You say/said something.

1vote

i said yes yesterday

i said:- yes

i said to him:- yes

yesterday i told him to go home

i usually tell the truth

-4votes

zey 90

i dont know

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