What Is The Past Tense For Said? All Answered

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What Is The Past Tense For Said?

“Said” is already the past tense form of the verb “say.” It indicates that someone expressed or communicated something in the past. 

Thus, instead of searching for the past tense of said, you should learn the past tense of say, which is “said”. And “said” is also the past participle form of “say”. The below table will provide you with more verb forms of “say”:

Base Form/Infinitive Form (V1) say
Present Form/3rd Person/Singular Form says
Past Simple Tense (V2) said
Past Participle Form (V3) said
Present Participle/Gerund saying

How To Pronounce “Say” And “Said” Correctly? 

The word “say” is pronounced as /seɪ/. It rhymes with words like “day” and “way.”

The word “said” is pronounced as /sed/. The vowel sound in “said” is the same as in the word “bed” or “red.”

One thing to note here: the pronunciation of “says” is /sez/, not /seɪz/.

You can check out the following table for more details:

Verb Forms Pronunciation 
British English language American English language
say /seɪ/ /seɪ/
said

(V2)

/sed/ /sed/
said

(V3)

/sed/ /sed/
saying /ˈseɪŋ/ /ˈseɪŋ/

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What Are The Definitions Of Say? How To Use Said?

You can use the past tense of say when you want to indicate an action or statement that occurred in the past. The verb “say” has 7 different meanings:

  • To speak or tell someone about something using words.

Example: She said she would come to the party and give you a big present.

  • To repeat words or phrases.

Example: He said a prayer and left the church as fast as he could.

  • To provide specific information or instructions.

Example: The teacher said that we had to complete the assignment by Friday. 

  • To express an opinion about something.

Example: He said he didn’t like the movie because it was too boring and meaningless.

  • To convey thoughts, feelings, etc., through words, looks, or gestures.

Example: Her smile said it all. 

  • To indicate or indirectly reveal the nature or qualities of someone or something.

Example: The messy room said a lot about his lifestyle.

  • To propose or offer something as an example or possibility.

Example: The options he said were all worth considering.

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Past Tense For Said

Choose the correct answer to fill in the blank:

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James: I thought last night the witness ____ that he saw the accident happen?

Lia: No. He's a liar.

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I saw her face this morning, and it _______ she was excited.

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The advice she ____ last night turned out to be very helpful for my interview this morning.

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They are _____ sorry for their mistake. However, the manager seems angry and won't let them off easily.

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Last week, the teacher ____ the same instructions multiple times, but why do you still forget it?

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He ____ that the meeting starts at 9 a.m., and you shouldn't be late.

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Yesterday, she ____ that she had a great time with her family on summer vacation.

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What Are The Synonyms And Antonyms Of The Verb Say?

According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, below are the common synonyms and antonyms of the verb “say” based on certain meanings:

To express something in words

  • Synonyms: Tell, talk, utter, speak, discuss, share, express, describe, and state.
  • Antonyms: suppress, stifle.

To recite

To assume

  • Synonyms: assume, presume, believe, think, suppose, guess, and conclude.
  • Antonyms: doubt, question, wonder (about), challenge, disagree (with), deny, dispute, disbelieve, discredit, discount, reject, and distrust.

What Are The Differences Between “Say,” “Tell,” “Speak,” And “Talk”?

  • Say: To express something with words and can convey instructions, information, opinions, or thoughts.

Example: The teacher said that the exam would be next week.

  • Tell: To give information or instructions to someone in speech or writing, which often implies a recipient of the information.

Example: The manager told the team to start working on the project.

  • Speak: Express oneself with words. It can cover a broader range of topics and doesn’t necessarily require a specific recipient. (Click here to learn the past tense of speak)

Example: She spoke impressively at the conference.

  • Talk: Can be used interchangeably with “speak,” but it often suggests a more informal or conversational context. It is commonly followed by a preposition like “to,” “with,” or “about.”

Example: They talked about their favorite movies.

What Are Some Common Idioms Of “Say”?

  • Say the word: to give a signal or instruction, often used when someone is ready to act or help.

Example: If you need any assistance, say the word.

  • Say your piece: to express one’s opinion or viewpoint. 

Example: He was given a chance to say his piece during the meeting.

  • Say the least: used to downplay or understate something, often implying that the situation is even more significant or severe. 

Example: It was a challenging project, to say the least.