Here are two words that are very often confused: Tell & Say. Here are some ways for you to remember when to use which.

Tell/ Told

Tell means ¨to give information to a person¨ so the word tell or told is always followed by a person.

Example:

  • Tell me about the movie
  • Did you tell Maria about what happened?
  • The police told us that everything was under control.

Say/Said

With Say or said we use these structures

  1. Say (something)
  2. Say that (something)
  3. Say (something) to (a person)
  4. ¨(something)¨a person said

Examples:

  • Frank says he doesn’t like cake.
  • She said that the new academy was great
  • What did Bob say to you?
  • ¨You look lovely today¨said Iago.

Hope this was helpful!