Is saying and telling the same thing?
- JeffLv 61 month agoFavorite Answer
Saying is the outward sharing of some form of information (e.g. saying how you feel). It’s not intended to share a specific conclusion or direct the listener.
Telling is also an outward sharing of information, but typically includes some form of lesson/conclusion (e.g. telling a story) or direction/instruction (e.g. telling them what to do).
Typically saying something is more subjective and telling something is more objective. That’s why you might hear someone say something like: “I’m not just saying this to humor you, I’m telling you what needs to happen.”
- Roger the MoleLv 71 month ago
This is not a question about Chemistry. It needs moving to a better category, like
All Categories > Education & Reference > Words & Wordplay
- busterwasmycatLv 71 month ago
not exactly although saying can be telling, and if you tell, you have to say, presumably. tell means inform. say means state. if what you say also informs or commands, it is also telling. Most of what gets said is not telling.
- Michal SychraLv 71 month ago
There is a difference in infinitives. When you want to use "say" you must usually connect is with the preposition "to". For example,"I must say to him that…" X "I must tell him that"
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- 1 month ago
when you say> you are saying to out loud for example
and telling you are telling the right answer to somebody for example
- 1 month ago
There's likely many differences in different conversations.