How to Use: Say, Tell, Ask – Common expressions with say, tell and ask.
Verb Collocations in English – Video
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.
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.
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.