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