Said and Told

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  • Aparna Khanna
    7 May, 2009 at 4:47
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    How do I explain the correct usage of said and told?
    For example, students in my class use the following types of sentences:
    He said me I was wrong.
    He told to me.

    12 May, 2009 at 18:38
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    Reply To: Said and Told


    After tell we normally add an object to say who is told:

    He told me that he would help me.

    After say we don’t normally use an object:

    He said he would help me.

    If we want to use an object with say, we have to add to:

    I want to say to your friend that I’m very grateful.

    There are some other cases as well, but this should sort out the majority of issues.

    Hope that helps.


    Aparna Khanna
    14 May, 2009 at 6:14
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    Reply To: Said and Told

    Thank you Dan!

    That really helped. I was getting stuck with explanations like reported speech. The concept of identifying the object in a sentence got through to my class.

    5 August, 2010 at 7:40
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    Reply To: Said and Told

    Told is a transitive verb. It always needs an object. If you use told without object, you are making a mistake. E.g. He told me that I am a good man(correct)(me is the object). He told that I am a good man(wrong). But said can be used without an object. He said that I am a good man(correct). I said her that we have to go there.

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