How to Use: Say, Tell, Ask – Common Collocations with say, tell and ask.
Common Collocations with SAY
Learn useful collocations with SAY in English with examples.
- 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.
Common Collocations with TELL
Learn common collocations with TELL in English with examples.
- 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.
Common Collocations with ASK
Learn common collocations with ASK in English with examples.
- 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.