Hm, is "Say the truth" correct in English? Someone can either "tell the truth" or "speak the truth", right? You could say "What he's saying is the truth", but not "He says the truth." ^.^
I see your point. I have heard it used plenty of times before, but I can see that it's not technically correct now. Thank you!
You're welcome! ^.^ I have heard it a couple of times too. I think there are a lot of cases in English where tell and say are wrongly interchanged in everyday speech. Something like "Tell/say a joke", "Tell/say a story" etc. xP
But since this is not an English course, I think it should be added. I keep getting this sentence incorrect because of a "mistake" in English, not in Greek :/
It's not an English course, that's right. However, we do need to follow some guidelines. Mostly because even if we accepted structures that might be commonly used but not grammatically correct, we would get tons and tons of reports for them, which is understandable. As a matter of fact, we still get reorts for sentences that seem like 'odd English.' :/
I agree with the poster on this. This is a Greek course, so if someone uses incorrect, but commonly used English, it should count as correct.
In those cases, native speakers would only ever really use "tell", whether it's formal speech or everyday speech.
But it's a common mistake for second language speakers whose first language uses the same verb for "say" and "tell".
(I really don't mean this patronisingly as I know how hard it is to learn a second language!)
Very good question bonbayel. I think you could write a whole chapter with different usage examples. The harder thing is distilling it to general rules - as soon as I try to do that, I can think of a counterexample to every rule.
What a fascinating faculty language is, that we can effortlessly apply rules and patterns that we struggle so much to describe analytically.
Also, that's not to say I object to "say the truth" being accepted as a secondary translation. The point of the course is after all to learn Greek.
δεν επιτρέπει "the parents had said the truth", εικόνα εδώ https://gyazo.com/339c9dddcc6f963c711bcf11a9987c6b desktop, skip level 3, 13/12/18. ευχαριστώ!