Today, I’m talking to you about English collocations and in particular 10 English collocations with Say.
So there are lots and lots of these collocations to go through and I’ll try and give you some helpful examples.
10 Collocations with Say
So the first one is:
Somebody is sitting there and they’re silent, perhaps in a class and the teacher says:
Or if you’ve just heard some bad news and the person’s waiting for a reaction, they are very quiet. They say:
Please just say something.
So say something and then the opposite of that:
If you don’t want to get into trouble with your parents, say nothing.
If somebody insults you or says something bad, say nothing. Don’t respond.
This is what my parents always used to tell me never work cause I always got into trouble. But they always used to tell me, say nothing.
So say something and then the opposite say nothing.
Or indeed you can say anything or have you anything to say so you can turn them around.
When you’re preparing, for example, an English exam, it’s not about what you say, it’s about how you see it.
So your teacher might say:
Do you want to say anything? Say, talk about your family or talk about your job. Say anything.
And of course we can all always
So when somebody does something or one of your children does something, you always tell them:
Say sorry, they’ll understand.
So if you hit your brother by accident or you take something from your sister or you don’t share the sweets.
Say sorry as if you mean it.
That’s what I always hear. There’s no point saying ‘oh, sorry. I’m sorry.’
say a word
We usually use this in the negative. Don’t say a word.
So somebody says:
I don’t want to hear it. I know what happened. I shouldn’t have backed the car out onto the street without looking. So I know it was my fault. Don’t say a word. I’m already upset.
10 English Collocations with Say
Don't keep this to yourself, tell the world!
say for sure
So we, again, we might use this in the negative.
I can’t say for sure and we use it also I can’t say for certain. That is very, very similar.
So are you going to join us for dinner on Friday?
I can’t say for sure at the moment because I’m waiting to hear from my brother.
I can’t say for certain, but he’s got to ring back because I just don’t know with him.
So they’ve got really the the same meaning can’t say for certain and I can’t say for sure.
And then we also have to
say hello or say goodbye
So these are greetings that we use. The parents might tell their children when they’re bringing them up or they’re trying to instruct them about good manners.
When you go to the house, say hello.
If somebody says something to you, say hello.
And when you’re leaving, please say goodbye.
Remember your manners, please say goodbye.
say thank you
So when you get something, thank you.
And when you want something
So these are all instructions that we give our children.
Say please, say thank you.
Say Hello and say Goodbye.
And of course we can
say yes and we can say no
So these are just very simple.
Say Hello. Say Goodbye. Say Yes. Say No. Say please. And say thank you.
So we’ve got all of these 10 English collocations with say. Let me just run through them with you again just one more time:
- say something
- say nothing
- say anything
- say sorry
- don’t say a word or I never say a word
- say for sure
- say for certain
- say Goodbye
- say Hello
- say thank you
- say please
- say yes and say no