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Say/Tell/Speak/Talk

Uses Say Used with direct and indirect speech Say is most often used without a personal object. If we want to put a personal object after say, we use to. Used with direct and indirect speech "fter tell, we usually say who is told, i.e., tell someone something #nly used to mean instruct or inform Tell is used to tell someone to do something Tell is not used before objects li$e a word, a name, a sentence, a phrase. %e do not usually use it after tell to refer to a fact. &ell someone again repeat!

Examples She said that it was my last chance. He said, Good morning. She said that she would be late. not She said me...! "nd I say to all the people of this great country... She told me that she would be late. She told me that it was my last chance. &oms mother told him to clean his room. "lice said a naughty word... not "lice told a naughty word...! Ill tell you tomorrow. not Ill tell you it tomorrow.!

Tell

I dont want to tell you again to get your homewor$ done.

Talk

&here is not 'ery much difference between speak and talk. Talk is the more usual word to refer to con'ersational e(changes and informal communication.

%hen she wal$ed into the room e'erybody stopped talking.

Speak

Is often used for one)way communication and for e(changes in more serious or formal situations. Speak is the usual word to refer to $nowledge and use of languages.

Ill ha'e to speak to that boy )) hes getting 'ery la*y. "fter she had finished reading the letter, nobody spoke. She speaks three languages fluently.