When we want to report or tell what someone else has said, we have to use the past tense of the
verbs “to tell” and “to say”.
told = past tense of tell
said = past tense of say
When we use the verb “to tell“, we use an object pronoun right after the verb in past tense.
When we use the verb “to say” we use “to” right after the verb.
Always use “to” with the verb “say“.
X She said me she loves me.
✔ She said to me that she loves me.
When we report possible future action we use the word “that” after the verbs “to tell” or “to say” and we have to use “would” or
“would not” to put the idea in the past.
Never use “to” after the verb “tell” in reported speech.
X She told to me to come home.
✔ She told me to come home.
We use the verb “to tell” for the following only.
The Verb To Tell
- The truth