Common Collocations with ‘Say’, ‘Tell’ and ‘Ask’

How to Use: Say, Tell, Ask - Common expressions with say, tell and ask


1. Collocations with SAY

  • say hello  

I rang up just to say hello.

  • say goodbye

She didn't even say goodbye to her mother.

  • say good morning/ afternoon/ etc.

She called in to Rory's room to say good morning and then she came downstairs.

  • say something/ nothing        

I want to say something to you in private.

  • say so          

Aunt Sophia was angry and said so in as many words.

  • say a prayer              

I'll say a prayer for you.

  • say a few words      

With your permission, I'd like to say a few words.

  • say no more                

I will say no more on these matters, important though they are.

  • say for certain/sure                

I can't say for certain/sure how long I'll be there.

2. Collocations with TELL

  • tell a lie        

He swore by Jupiter not to tell a lie again.

  • tell a story  

I think the song maybe tell a story about you.

  • tell somebody a secret        

I am going to tell you a secret someone told me.

  • tell a joke    

You tell a joke even worse than your father.

  • tell the truth              

She persuaded him to tell the truth.

  • tell the time               

My daughter has just learned to tell the time.

  • tell the difference  

Can you tell the difference between 'apes' and 'monkeys'?

  • tell the future          

No one can tell the future.

  • tell somebody one's name  

Why won't you tell me your name?

  • tell somebody the way        

Can you tell me the way out of here?

  • tell someone's fortune        

This old lady in the apartment next to mine offered to tell my fortune for ten bucks.

3. Collocations with ASK

  • ask a question          

Can I ask a question?

  • ask a favour                

May I ask a favour of you?

  • ask the price              

Did you ask the price?

  • ask after somebody              

He always asks after you in his letters.

  • ask the time               

May I ask the time?

  • ask around  

I don't know if there's any work, but I'll ask around for you.

  • ask for something/ somebody           

I would never ask for any favours from her.

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