English Grammar Say
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Grammar Level 5- Lesson Fourteen

In this grammar lesson, you learn about Say in English and how to use it in your English conversation and writing. Just follow examples and write them down a few times to learn them very well. After finishing this lesson, you should work on its quiz.

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say / said / said / saying


The verb “say” is an important verb because we use it to describe the words of another person.

Pay attention to the differences between “say” and “tell.”

“Say” is a little idiomatic. You will hear this verb when you don’t expect it.

To practice the pronunciation of this word, click here.

1. The doctor said I was okay.


“You’re okay,” the doctor said.


2. The chef says that the best meat on the turkey comes from the breast.

3. A: What does the paper say about the weather for today?

B: the newspaper says that it might rain.

(Use “say” for information and opinions from newspapers and magazines)

4. A: What does this picture say to you?

B: It says that money is going down the drain.

(Note: The verb “say” is used for art: pictures, poems, films, sculpture, etc. What is the artist trying to say?)

5. The people in this meeting aren’t listening to what their boss is saying. They’re thinking about the weekend.

6. It has been said that Jesus was a prophet and a great religious leader. (present perfect passive voice)

7. The number of hours that he spends practicing says a lot about his commitment to the game.


present tense: say / says
past tense: said
future: will say
present continuous: am / is / are / saying
past continuous: was / were saying
future continuous: will be saying
present perfect: has / have said
past perfect: had said
future perfect: will have said
present perfect continuous: has / have been saying
past perfect continuous: had been saying
future perfect continuous: not recommended
modal verbs: ______ say
past tense modal: ______ have said
infinitive: to say
gerund: saying
passive: yes


Quiz for Say

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