Be used to
Few and Little
Get Used To
Have and Have Got
Lend and Borrow
Past Perfect Continuous
Past Perfect Simple
Present Perfect Continuous
Present Perfect Simple
Say and Tell
Small and Little
So and Such
Too and Enough
Will and Going to
We use 'tell' to give or ask for information. For example:
"Please tell me your name."
"Could you tell me your address?"
"I told him the time."
We wouldn't use 'say' in these examples as they are all asking for information.
I like to keep it simple and I focus on 'say something' and 'tell someone'. The details come with lots of practice.
I use a whispering game where I whisper into a student's ear a sentence using say or tell and the student is
to report to the next person whatever he/she heard... this person is to write
down whatever he/she heard and pass on the message until it reaches the last
person. This can be done in groups. The last students are then asked to compare
their sentences and if the sentences are different, they then check each others work and figure out the original sentence.
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