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Jul 11

CONFUSING WORDS: Speak vs. Talk

SPEAK and TALK are almost synonymous and are generally interchangeable except in fixed expressions. Remember that the verb speak tends to be used in more formal or one-sided situations. Unfortunately, there is no simple or easy rule to follow. But there are a number of fixed expressions for both verbs.   Always use SPEAK in …

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Jul 01

CONFUSING WORDS: Say vs. Tell

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SAY and TELL have similar meanings. They both mean to communicate verbally with someone. But we often use them differently. The best way to remember say and tell is: You say something to someone You tell someone something SAY is immediately followed by a noun clause (He said (that) he was right) or, if it …

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