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HOME > ENGLISH VOCABULARY EXERCISES > Tell, speak, say, or talk? 2

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Topic: Confusing synonyms: to TELL, to SPEAK, to TALK, to SAY 2

For each of the sentences, fill in the blank with the most appropriate word. REMEMBER: In modern usage, the verbs "to speak" and "to talk" are often (though not always) interchangeable.


1. We weren't ___________ about these new requirements.
  told
  said
  talked

2. You'll have to ___________ to my manager about that.
  say
  speak
  tell

3. No, that's not what I ________ to him.
  said
  told
  BOTH ARE CORRECT

4. Let's ________ over lunch.
  tell
  say
  talk

5. Some of the things he ________ worry me.
  spoke
  talked
  said

6. You should ________ her that we're going to be late.
  tell
  speak
  say

7. Do you ________ English?
  talk
  speak
  tell

8. I don't know what to ________ to you.
  BOTH ARE CORRECT
  say
  tell

9. He has been ________ lies to everyone.
  talking
  saying
  telling

10. Let's ________ sports. = Let's talk about sports.
  speak
  talk
  BOTH ARE CORRECT


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