Como Usar Say y Tell en Inglés

Son dos palabras muy parecidas, pero tienen un significado diferente. Si todavía no sabes cómo usar say o tell, te lo explicamos abajo.

Personal object
We usually follow tell with a personal object (the person that we are speaking to). We usually use say without a personal object:

  • She told me that she loved Jake.
  • She said that she loved John.
  • He told everybody that he had to leave.
  • He said that he had to leave.

Say “to someone”
With say, we sometimes use “to someone”:

  • He said to me that he was tired.
  • Tara said to Ram that he had done very well.
  • Anthony said to her, “I hope you come soon.”
  • “I’d like to sleep,” she said to him quietly.

Direct speech
We can use say with direct speech. We use tell only with direct speech that is an instruction or information:

  • Ashley said, “Hello Jake. How are you?”
  • “That’s great,” she said.
  • He told her: “Open the door quietly.”
  • She told me, “I have never been to England.”

We can use say with direct questions, but we cannot use tell:

  • She said: “Do you hate me?”
  • The policeman said to the prisoner, “Where were you at 8pm?”

Adapted from: https://www.englishclub.com/vocabulary/cw-say-tell.htm

 

 

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