Speak, talk, say, tell

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Speak, talk, say, tell

  1. 1. TALK / TELL / SAY / SPEAK DID YOU TALK TO HER? DID YOU TALK WITH HER? DID YOU SPEAK TO HER? DID YOU SPEAK WITH HER? WHAT DID YOU SAY? WHAT DID YOU TELL HER? I SAID (THAT) I LOVE HER! I TOLD HER (THAT) I LOVE HER.
  2. 2. TALK – talked (falar, conversar) To talk to/with somebody (about something) (same as speak) I talked with/to her (about my disease). To talk about something The teacher talked about the verbs in the past. As a noun. (conversa) We need to have a talk.
  3. 3. SPEAK – spoke, spoken (falar, conversar) To speak to/with somebody (same as talk) I spoke to the teacher. To speak about something He spoke about the new salary. To speak something I speak English.
  4. 4. TELL – told (dizer, contar) To tell “somebody” “something” He told her he loved her. To tell “somebody” about “something” He told her that he was busy. To tell (ask) “somebody” to “do something” He told (asked) us to study. To tell a story, a joke, a lie, a secret, the truth, the difference, the time. The thief told the truth to the police. The thief told the police the truth.
  5. 5. SAY – said (dizer, falar) To say “something to somebody He said (that) he slept more than necessary. He said (that) he loved her. Did you say something? Did you say that…? As ‘sayings’: ditados EXPRESSÕES MEAN: querer dizer What do you mean?
  6. 6. EXERCISE: Thessa: Hi. I need to TALK / SPEAK Pedro: Let’s TALK to you. . Thessa: Remember I TOLD you about the new project? Pedro: Sure. Thessa: Do you know where it is? Pedro: Hmm! Let me see! You TOLD / (asked) me to put it in the safe. Thessa: Did you Pedro: Yeap. I TALK / SPEAK SAID Thessa: And what did they Pedro: They me and TELL SAID SAID to the secretaries about it? that it should be a secret at first. SAY ? it was ok, but one of them TALKED / SPOKE to that if I didn’t give her R$1000,00, she would the truth to everyone. pedro.dantas_jr@yahoo.com.br

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