The word “tell” requires an object. “Say” does not require an object.
Examples: What did you say? What did you say to him? I always say what I think.Tell me what you want. I told them what time the movie started.
Here’s a good place to test yourself on “say” and “tell.”
Remember: “Parts of Speech” in English tell us how a word is used. The same word may be several parts of speech, depending on how it’s used.
“Dancing is fun.” (The word dancing acts like a noun.)
“She is dancing the tango.” (The word dancing is part of the verb)
“At the circus, we saw dancing horses.” (The word dancing is an adjective describing horses.)
Here’s a super-fun game that let’s you practice identifying nouns, verbs, adjectives and adverbs.
Parts of speech Jeopardy
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