Last week, the Word Watch highlighted terms, sex, gender, and nationalist, connected to the man whose language ever makes the headlines: Donald Trump. So, as a lexical palate cleanser, if you will, let’s turn our attention this week to some words made notable by the Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle. And we’ll cap it off,…
It’s grammar time! Do you know when to use say, tell, talk, or speak?
Say and tell have different uses in English:
Talk and speak are physical actions. Their meanings are quite similar, with a few key differences:
Complete each gap with say, tell, talk, or speak in the appropriate form:
1. Generally ________, there will be room for around a hundred guests at the wedding.
2. Look, would you just ________ me the truth about Babs, please?
3. ‘And then she told me to get lost!’ ‘What an awful thing to ________!’
4. When Janet resigned in front of the board, I was so shocked I could hardly ________!
5. Robbie ________ a joke in class, but nobody saw the funny side of it.
6. Could you ________ up, please? I’m a bit deaf.
7. I’ll give you the stuffing with the turkey for free. Now, I can’t ________ fairer than that.
8. ‘John said the company is close to collapse!’ ‘No! He’s ________ utter rubbish.’
9. It’s vital that I ________ to my doctor about the test results.
10. Peter ________ good morning to Alice when he met her in the car park.
11. Darren has really enjoyed ________ to his kids on the way home from Ireland.
12. ‘You can’t park here, mate.’ ‘OK, whatever you ________.’
13. Just stop ________ me what to do!
14. When the plane had finally landed, we got in a taxi and ________ for hours.
15. My sister was ________ to her boyfriend about her holiday.
16. I was trying to ________ them about the paintings, but they preferred the gift shop.
17. Geoff? Good. Phil here. OK. We need to ________ business.
18. OK, everyone get ready. I’m going to take the picture. ________ cheese!
19. Is it true that Ellen ________ Norwegian fluently?
20. The grass snake was as big as a python – I’m ________ you!
Taken from Big Grammar Book Intermediate Book 1 – download it FREE here!