Subtitles section Play video Print subtitles Hi everyone. I'm Esther in this video, I'm going to talk about the two similar and sometimes confusing english verbs say and tell say and tell have similar meanings but they are used in different ways. A lot of my students confuse these words so I hope to clear up any confusion. Keep watching to know the difference between these two words. Let's start with say it is an irregular verb. So the past tense form is said. It means to speak express something in words or to tell someone something. Let's look at some example sentences. The first sentence says, I'm sorry, what did you say? Maybe I couldn't hear you but I want to know the words that you spoke. So I say, what did you say? The next sentence is my mom said hi, I'm reporting the words that she spoke. She said hi now I will talk about tel it is also an irregular verb. The past tense is told. It means to say something to someone, especially when giving information or instructions. Let's look at some examples. The first sentence is he told his mom that he was tired. He shared this information with his mom so we can use told, he told his mom that he was tired. The next sentence says Terra told john that she loved him again. Terra told or gave information to john that she loved him. Now let's do a check up In this conversation. There are two sentences in one of the sentences we use the verb say and the other one we use tell, take a moment to think about where we should use say and tell A says did you blink that you liked her? Remember for say something comes after we say something in this case that something is that you liked her. So A should be. Did you say that you liked her? B says no I blamed her that I loved her for the verb. Tell someone comes after. We tell someone in this case her comes after the blank. So the answer is tell however we need to use the past tense. So B. Says no I told her that I loved her. So let's look at the conversation again. A did you say that you liked her be? No I told her that I loved her. Great job. Now you know the difference between say and tell. It takes a little practice but I know you will master these words. I will see you in the next video. Mhm. Yeah. Mhm. Mhm. Mhm. Mhm. Mhm. Right. Mhm. Yeah.