Vocabulary Exercise: Say, tell, speak, talk

These four verbs can cause problems for English learners.


1. You “say” something (to someone.)

“She said ‘I hate ironing’.”

Also, “say a few words”, “say it again”.

2. You “tell” someone something.

“He told her an interesting story.

Also “tell the truth”, “tell a lie”.

3. You “speak” a language.

Also, “speak up” = speak more loudly.

4. You talk when you communicate with another person.

“We talked all night.”

Also “talk politics”, “talk shop”.

Say, Tell, Speak, Talk

Choose the correct answer.

Vocabulary Exercise: Say, tell, speak, talk

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