'Hard to tell' vs 'Hard to say'

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Which version is more common? It's hard to tell... or it's hard to say...?

E.g. Let's say we have a sentence like this one:

"Hard to say/tell what’s less likely — murdering an annoying chap at a Bacchanal and leaving his body in the snow, or studying Greek"

Are both versions equal?

Thank you in advance for sharing your opinions. :)
 
  • PaulQ

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    UK
    English - England
    In your example, both are much the same, but only because to tell has the less common meaning of to distinguish; discriminate; ascertain e.g. "I could tell you did it, you left your keys there!"
     
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