|-Used with direct and indirect speech
-Say is most used without a personal object
If we want to put a personal object after say, we use to.
|-She said that it was my last chance.
-He said “Good morning”
-And I say to all the people of this great country …
|-Used with direct and indirect speech after tell, we usually say who is told, i.e., tell someone something.
– only used to mean “instruct” or “inform”
– tell is used to tell someone to do something
– tell is not used before objects like a word, a name, a sentence, a phrase.
|– she told me that she would be late.
– She told me that was my last chance.
– I don’t want to tell you again to get your homework done.
|– There is not very much difference between speak and talk.
– talk is the more usual word to refer to conversational exchanges and informal situations
|– When she walked into the room everybody stopped talking.|
|Is often used for one-way communication and for exchanges in more serious or formal situations.
– Speak is the usual word to refer knowledge and use of languages.
|– I’ll have to speak to that boy- he’s getting really lazy.
– After she had finished reading the letter, nobody spoke.
– She speaks three languages fluently.
Complete the sentences with: to tell, to speak, to speak, to talk in the correct form:
a) I don’t want to ___________ about this.
b) ________her that I’m coming tomorrow.
c) What did you __________ to her?
d) I __________ my mom that I planned to come home for Christmas.
e) We have to ____________ them that we plan to lunch the new product this week.
f) What did your boss _________ to you about?
g) We __________ about a lot of different topics.
h) He __________ that he was satisfied with my work.
i) Why didn’t you ___________ me?