94 – Say vs. Talk vs. Tell Part 2! – Grammar Lesson

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94 - Say vs. Talk vs. Tell Part 2! - Grammar Lesson

She said that she met Santa!

Say, tell, & talk have some additional meanings and uses aside from reported speech, which we covered in Episode 93. For today’s English lesson, let’s have a look at some other ways to use these three verbs in English conversations and writing.

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Here are the example sentences:

Using say:

  • What did you say?
  • “I had pizza for lunch” becomes, Jack said he had pizza for lunch.
  • “I live in Brooklyn and I love it!” becomes, Jack said he lives in Brooklyn and he loves it.
  • Teacher: “All of these examples are on page 10”
  • Joe: What did she say?
  • Michael, She said all of the examples are on page 10.

Using say that:

  • “I had pizza for lunch” becomes, Jack said that he had pizza for lunch.
  • “I live in Brooklyn and I love it!” becomes, Jack said that he lives in Brooklyn and he loves it.

Using tell:

  • Tell me about your trip to Sao Paolo.
  • Grandma often tells us stories about the family.
  • The teacher told us his name.
  • Jenny told the truth when Jack asked her if she really loved him.
  • It is said that George Washington never told a lie.

Using talk:

  • I talked to Joan this morning. We talked about so many things.
  • I want to talk to you about your homework.
  • We like to talk at the coffee shop.
  • The president talked for 25 minutes.
  • The president spoke for 25 minutes.
Yesterday’s listening challenge answer:
  • Here is one example: Jenny said, she went to Happy English today.
Today’s listening challenge:
  • In the opening conversation, Jack and Jen talk about a problem with their coworker, Joe. What is the problem?

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