Exercise on Say-Tell
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- "Tell" is used in reported (indirect) speech, and only if the person we are talking to (complemento di termine) is expressed. No "to" after tell (Ex.: Tell me what you mean)
- "Say" is used in all other cases: in direct speech, and in reported speech without the person we are talking to. Requires "to" (Ex.: He said to me: "I know what you mean")
- "Tell" is also used when it means "raccontare" and in some expressions: tell a story, tell a joke, tell a lie, tell the truth, tell the future, tell the time, tell apart etc