English Lesson: Talk vs Tell

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I was talking to my friend Chris today. He is taking a vacation at the end of the month. He was talking to me about his trip and I was getting more excited than he is! He’ll be going to New Zealand and Fiji Island. When he told me he’ll spend two weeks sailing in the South Pacific I couldn’t believe it. I told him about my interest in sailing and he invited me to go. Nice guy, isn’t he!

Talk and tell can be confusing sometimes. Do you know how to use these words? Have a look at the paragraph above once more, and then check today’s lesson. Each of these words have two distinct patterns:

Talk

Pattern #1 – [someone] talks to [someone] + about [something].

  • I was talking to my friend today.
  • He was talking to me about his trip.

Pattern #2 – [someone] talks about [something].

  • We talk about food all the time.
  • Chris was talking about his trip

Tell

Pattern #1 – [someone] tells [someone] [something].

  • He told me he’ll spend two weeks sailing
  • She told me her name

Pattern #2 – [someone] tells [someone] + about [something]

  • I told him about my interest in sailing.
  • He told me about his trip.

If you memorize these two patterns, you’ll be in good shape! Thanks for studying with me today J

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