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When to use these two, with examples
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With some expressions you can only use tell:

I don't know if he is telling me a lie or the truth.

so Tell a lie, tell the truth.

This is all that comes off the top of my head but I am sure we can build a nice thread on this topic. Cheers.
"say" can be followed by a personal pronoun connected with 'to':
'He said to me...'
while "tell" is always directly followed by a personal pronoun without 'to':
'He told me...'; except in special phrases mentioned by maj already: 'to tell the truth, to tell a lie'.
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Hi Pemmican,
Thanks alot,

That was a perfect answer,
So, can I say,
"Say" will always followed with a "to", and "Tell" has not?

now here I got doubt, In my previous statement, "Say" is not followed by To, but I feel I am correct, am I? any way i know you can help, "can I tell" is something wrong I feel, do we have to give exectiption to your statement if we use commas or colons?

enligt me.
Yes, you are correct:
As I just said "say" CAN be followed by a personal pronoun - this is not obligatory.
IF it is followed by such a pronoun, then it has to be connected with 'to'.

"tell" on the other hand MUST be followed by a personal pronoun which is directly connected without 'to';
Exceptions here are special phrases such as "to tell a lie/ the truth".

Does that help? I hope soEmotion: smile If there are any more questions, just ask.

Cheers
Pemmican
Thank you very much
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say can't be followed by an object or object pronoun :
he said that i was right.
tell is followed by them:
he told me that i was right.
Hemaboss,
I'm afraid your "rule" for the use of "say" is not 100% correct. Pemmican explained it correctly.
In your example "He said that I was right", "that I was right" is the direct object ("say" is a transitive verb).
What it true is that this verb can be followed by an indirect object (which may or may not be a pronoun) only if we use "to" before the object:
"He said to John that I was right."
"to John" is the indirect object; "that I was right" is still the direct object.

"Tell", on the other hand, accepts indirect objects with or without "to", depending on the position of the object:
1. If the indirect object follows "tell" immediately, then "to" is not used --> "He told John/me that he'd be late for the meeting."
2. If the indirect object follows the direct object, then "to" introduced the indirect object -->
"He told a lie to John/ to me."

Hope that helps.

Miriam
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