Grammar, Vocabulary Quiz

Confusing Words (3): Say or Tell?

Add ‘say’ or ‘tell’ in the correct form.

1.  Paul didn’t _____ what time he would be coming.

2.  I’m not really convinced that she’s _____ the truth.

3.  Why didn’t you _____ that before?

4.  The doctor _____ me not to worry, that it was nothing serious.

5.  I know you didn’t mean to do it but you should _____ sorry anyway.

6.  What was Robert _____ to you earlier? He looked quite annoyed.

7.  Karl _____ us that the meeting was cancelled.

8.  Mary is so bossy. She’s always _____ everybody what to do.

9. Don’t _____ a word about this to anybody.

10. “I’ll ring you as soon as I get home,” she _____.

11. “Sorry, but I can’t ___ anything.”

12. “Sorry, but I can’t _____ you anything.”


















Answers

1. say
2. telling / told
3. say
4. told
5. say
6. saying
7. told
8. telling
9. say
10. said
11. say
12. tell

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Spot the Mistakes (17)

Which of these sentences are grammatically incorrect? Correct the mistakes.

  1. We may have lunch in the garden. It depends of the weather.
  2. I saw the film but I didn’t like very much.
  3. You look exhausting! Why don’t you go and lie down?
  4. They have been watching TV instead of studying.
  5. We’re so busy these days that we hardly don’t have time to see our friends.
  6. It’s time you went to bed. You’ve got to get up early tomorrow.
  7. The car was travelling at 100 miles by hour.

















    Answers

    1. We may have lunch in the garden. It depends on the weather.
    2. I saw the film but I didn’t like it very much.
    3. You look exhausted! Why don’t you go and lie down?
    4. ✅
    5. We’re so busy these days that we hardly have time to see our friends.
    6. ✅
    7. The car was travelling at 100 miles an hour.