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say - says - said or tell - told

say
  something
tell someone
...
tell me
tell you
tell him
tell her
tell us
tell them
something
...
the truth
a lie
a story
(the) time

She said, "I'm busy."
She says (that) that she's busy.
She told me she was busy.
She told her mother she was busy.
She always tells the truth.
Tell me a story.
Don't tell me a lie.
The child knows how to tell time.

Fill in the blank spaces with a form of "say" or "tell" based on what you hear.

  1. What did he __verb___?
  2. Mary __verb___ her sister to bring the hatbox, not the suitcase.
  3. Why did she ______verb______ that?
  4. She __verb_____ that when she gets used to our climate, she'll like living here better.
  5. Why didn't she __verb_ the truth about the gift?
  6. When did the teacher __verb___ the class about the test?
  7. Mary called and __verb__ us that she was on her way home from work and would be over in about ten minutes.
  8. If they had __verb_ their new neighbors about the dog, the neighbors wouldn't have bought the house.
  9. My boss __verb___ that she had run into a co-worker at the restaurant. The co-worker had called in sick today.
  10. Originally we __verb_ our friends we were to help them, but we changed our minds.
  11. Originally the man ___verb___ he was planning to spend his vacation in Italy, but changed his mind.
  12. Originally the woman ___verb___ us she would come on time, but she was late anyway.
  13. Everyone _verb__ that they found the boss's letter difficult to understand.
  14. She __verb__ the audience that her second attempt at opening a store was not more successful than the first, but she's going to try again. Some day she expects to be successful.
  15. They ___verb__ us that they happened to run into my brother at the movies.
  16. Why didn't he ___verb__ the truth about his arrest record?
  17. Why didn't he ___verb____ anything about his arrest record?
  18. They ____verb____ me that they happened to run into my brother at the movies.
  19. She ____verb___everyone about the neighbor's arrest record.
  20. She __verb__ that the neighbor had been arrested.
Answers
  1. What did he say?
  2. Mary told her sister to bring the hatbox, not the suitcase.
  3. Why did she say that?
  4. She said that when she gets used to our climate, she'll like living here better.
  5. Why didn't she tell the truth about the gift?
  6. When did the teacher tell the class about the test?
  7. Mary called and told us that she on her way home from work and would be over in about ten minutes.
  8. If they had told their new neighbors about the dog, the neighbors wouldn't have bought the house in the first place.
  9. My boss said that she had run into a co-worker at the restaurant. The co-worker had called in sick today.
  10. Originally we had told our friends we were to help them, but we changed our minds.
  11. Originally the man said he was planning to spend his vacation in Italy, but changed his mind.
  12. Originally the woman told us she would come on time, but she was late anyway.
  13. Everyone said that they found the boss's letter difficult to understand.
  14. She told the audience that her second attempt at opening a store was not more successful than the first, but she's going to try again. Some day she expects to be successful.
  15. They told us that they happened to run into my brother at the movies.
  16. Why didn't he tell the truth about his arrest record?
  17. Why didn't he say anything about his arrest record?
  18. They told me that they happened to run into my brother at the movies.
  19. She told everyone about the neighbor's arrest record.
  20. She said that the neighbor had been arrested.