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  • works@Lingvist

    One of our users asked a very good question about our card "Я же говорила." But why not сказала?

    сказать - is the perfective aspect, which emphasizes the result or the desire to finish something.

    Я скажу ему завтра. I will tell him tomorrow.
    Он что-то сказал, когда я вошла. He said something when I came in.

    говорить - is the imperfective aspect, which emphasizes the process of doing something (so, the
    process is important).

    Я же говорила! also implies that the person was telling something more than once.
    Завтра он будет говорить с директором. He will talk to the manager tomorrow.
    Он что-то говорил, когда я вошла. He was saying something when I came in.

    So, technically you can use both in the given sentence, but they would have a slightly different meaning.

    last edited by Sabina