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主題: 常混淆的日常動詞 Say vs Tell / Talk vs Speak
Say vs. Tell
Say can be used to mean the following:
To give a report of someone else words (Someone said something)
To ask how to use a different language (Say something in Chinese)
To tell can be used to mean:
To narrate (To tell a story)
To instruct (To tell John to buy something)
Did he say something about the classes?
How do you say I love you in Spanish?
Tell him to come here
He is telling a good story
Speak to and talk to
Speak and talk suggest that a person is using his voice, or that two or more people are having a conversation.
We can say:
speak to someone
talk to someone
speak to someone about something
talk to someone about something.
Speak is more formal
One of the main differences is formality. Speak is a little more formal than talk, and is often used in polite requests:
Hello, could I speak to David Thompson, please? [formal, on the telephone]
I’ve got a complaint: I want to speak to the manager. [formal, in a restaurant or shop]
Talk is a little less formal and is more common in spoken English:
What on earth are you talking about? = ‘you are not making sense’ or ‘you are not being truthful’.
I was talking to Tom yesterday. He told me about his new house and job.