Instruct and Say


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Instruct verb – Give instructions or directions for some task.
Usage example: She instructed the students to work on their pronunciation

Say and instruct are semantically related in tell topic. In some cases you can use "Say" instead a verb "Instruct".
Nearby Words: instruction, instructor, instructive, instructing
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Say verb – To express (a thought or emotion) in words.
Instruct and say are semantically related in tell topic. Sometimes you can use "Instruct" instead a verb "Say".
Nearby Word: saying
Synonyms for Say

Common collocations

people instruct people say people
thanks instruct thanks say thanks
everyone instruct everyone say everyone
times instruct times say times

Both words in one sentence

  • Now go, I shall help you speak and instruct you what to say.
  • Creator / Zap Dramatic You are presented with multiple choices of what to instruct the characters to do or say, and different choices lead to different outcomes.
  • Anytime a team forfeited an extremely obvious word, Chuck would often instruct the team who got it to turn to their opponents and say "thank you" to them.
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