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Say and Tell.

Don’t say: He told, ‘I will/’ll go home.’
He told that he’d go home.

Say: He said, ‘I will/’ll go home.’
He said that he’d go home.

Use “to say” (1) when referring to a person’s actual words, and (2) in indirect speech if the sentence doesn’t contain an indirect object.

Note: Common idioms with “say” and tell:
Say a prayer. Who says? I must say! You can say that again! If you say so!
Tell the truth. Tell a lie. Tell a story. Tell the time. Tell your fortune. Tell someone your name.

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