Level Up Your English: Say or Tell?

Updated: Sep 10

When are say and tell not interchangeable?

People will say that say and tell are the same thing. To tell you the truth, these words aren't always interchangeable, and we will explain how they differ.

My sister always tells lies, so you shouldn't' believe anything she says.



Say is (more often than tell) used to report the specifics of a message.


He asked her to marry him and she said yes.

Tell tell-told-told-telling Tell is (more often than say) used to report the idea or purpose of a communication.


He told us stories around the campfire. We told you we would explain it in under a minute, and we meant exactly what we said.

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