Learn English – “convey” vs. “say”


It's easier than it seems, but I don't
convey it well.

My friend says that I should change that to read

It's easier than it seems, but I don't
say it well.

However, this doesn't seem quite right to me. Is this grammatically correct? What is wrong with this sentence?

"Say" and "convey" aren't the same thing, right? Someone can say something, but still fail to convey an idea, correct?

Best Answer

Convey means 'transfer' or 'pass on' or 'make known'. In England, at least, the process of selling a house is conveyancing, for example. In general, conveying and saying are not the same thing - you can convey ideas without saying a thing (a shrug of the shoulders could convey that you don't know, without any verbal communication). So, maybe you'd write:

It's easier than it seems, but I haven't conveyed the ideas very well.

The "don't convey it well" tends to mean you've tried multiple times and are still trying and not doing a very good job of conveying the ideas to the people you talk with.

On the whole, though, I think another word, such as 'explain', is better:

It's easier than it seems, even though I haven't explained it very well.