Tell and Write


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Tell verb – To give an oral or written account of in some detail.
Write and tell are semantically related In some cases you can use "Write" instead a verb "Tell".
Nearby Words: telling, teller
Synonyms for Tell


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Write verb – To compose and set down on paper the words of.
Tell and write are semantically related in put language down on paper topic. Sometimes you can use "Tell" instead a verb "Write".
Nearby Words: writing, writer, writ, writable
Synonyms for Write

Common collocations

character tell character write character
name tell name write name
time tell time write time
way tell way write way
Other nouns: characters, story, version, times, names, stories.

Both words in one sentence

  • Vernon realizes if he stops Harry going to the Quidditch World Cup, Harry will write and tell Sirius, who'll think he's being mistreated; if he stops Harry writing to Sirius, Sirius will notice and think Harry is being mistreated anyway.
    Source: Morton's Fork
  • Tell Me About Our Mother: Toby asks this of Kate, when he decides he wants to write about the deceased Colleen Malone for a school project.
  • You sit on your arse at the taxpayers expense and tell people who write shite that what they write is shite.
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