The meaning of the verb to Say / seɪ / is:
- To use your voice to convey something with words.
- To express an opinion, feeling or idea.
Note that the verb to SAY, is usually followed by the word THAT. For example:
- He said that he would not be going to work today.
- She said that she was feeling cold.
For more about verbs which are followed by a THAT clause, see: British Council Learn English.
Verb to Say (used with object) – said / sed / saying / s’eɪŋ /
- To utter or pronounce; speak: e.g. What did you say? I said “Hello!”
- To express in words; to state; to declare: e.g. Say it clearly and simply.
- To state as an opinion or judgment: e.g. I say that she is prettier than you.
- To be certain, precise, or assured about; determine: e.g. I say that’s right!
- To recite or repeat: e.g. Say a little prayer for me.
- To report or allege; maintain: e.g. People will say we’re in love.
- To express a message or viewpoint: e.g. A writer has something to say.
Verb to Say (used without object) – said / sed / saying / s’eɪŋ /
- To speak; declare; express an opinion.
- Approximately; about: e.g. It’s, say, 3 metres long.
- What a person says or has to say.
- The right or opportunity to speak, decide, or exercise influence.
- A turn to say something: e.g. I’m going to have my say.
Say what? (Used to express surprise, get attention, etc.)
Adapted from Dictionary Reference
|Simple||I say||I said||I will say|
|Continuous||I am saying||I was saying||I will be saying|
|Perfect||I have said||I had said||I will have said|
|Perfect Continuous||I have been saying||I had been saying||I will have been saying|
|Conditional||I would say||I would have said|
|Conditional Continuous||I would be saying||I would have been saying|
|Simple||I don’t say||I didn’t say||I won’t say|
|Continuous||I’m not saying||I wasn’t saying||I won’t be saying|
|Perfect||I haven’t said||I hadn’t said||I won’t have said|
|Perfect Continuous||I haven’t been saying||I hadn’t been saying||I won’t have been saying|
|Conditional||I wouldn’t say||I wouldn’t have said|
|Conditional Continuous||I wouldn’t be saying||I wouldn’t have been saying|
There are many ‘Sayings’ (s’eɪŋs) that use the verb To Say – The Free Dictionary.
A Saying is a short, commonly known expression, which usually offers advice or wisdom and is frequently identified with a well-known personality.