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SAY vs. TELL

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Two of the most typical verbs in English are say and tell. Even though the meanings of these verbs are practically the same, there are some grammatical differences that need to be considered:

SAY (no indirect object)

You say something. E.g.: She said that she was hungry

TELL (needs an indirect object)

You tell someone something. E.g.: She told

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AGREEING: I agree / I don’t agree

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One of the most typical mistakes that English learners commit is using the verb to be when they agree or disagree:

I am agree / I am not agree

It’s true that many Romance languages such as Catalan (estic d’acord), Spanish (estoy de acuerdo) or French (Je suis d’accord) use a linking verb in this expression, but not in English. In English “agree” is a verb, so we say:

I agree / ...

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