- [tell + person]
She told me that she would be late. (NOT -She tohithat she . . .)
I told the children to go away.
Say is usually used without a personal object.
- She said that she would be late. (NOT She said me . . .)
If we want to put a personal object after say, we use to.
She said ‘Go away’ to the children.
- She said Go away’. (NOT She told ‘Go away’.)
- I don’t think she’s telling the truth (NOT . . . saying the truth.)
He’s seven years old and he still can’t tell the time.