Say is used with the actual words spoken :
He said: ” I don’t think so.”
She said : ” Bring me the book, will you ?”
Say is never used with an imperative in reported speech. It is replaced by: ask, order, tell, want to,….
|He said: ” Close the door, please .”||I was told to close the door.|
|She said: ” Take this book.”||I was asked to take this book.|
|She said: ” Give me the spoon. “||She wanted me to give her the spoon.|
|He said: ” Bring it here. “||He ordered me to take it here|
The verb Tell is never used with the actual words spoken.
A personal object is always present.
|He said: ” He will come soon .”||He told me that he would come soon.|
|She said: ” She has just gone.”||The told me that he had just gone.|
|He said to them: ” I can borrow you money, if you like. “||He told them that he could borrow them money if they liked.|