say goodbye and not tell goodbye. why?

  • entangledbank

    Senior Member
    English - South-East England
    'Tell' includes the idea of giving information. The person you tell didn't know it before. So it's not appropriate for greetings and the like:

    She said to him, 'It's a nice day today.' [she was just making friendly conversation]
    She told him, 'It's a nice day today.' [perhaps was he stuck indoors and couldn't see the sky]
     
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