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    Tells / Told

    Hello Teachers! I have questions.

    1) He tells me he will visit.
    2) He told me he will (or would?) visit.

    What are the distinctions? Why would you use either in what situation?

    Thank you

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    Quote Originally Posted by Krabby Krabs View Post
    Hello Teachers! I have questions.

    1) He tells me he will visit.(He always tell you that he will visit, and he may tell you that again.)
    2) He told me he will (or would) visit.(He told you something in the past.)

    What are the distinctions? Why would you use either in what situation?

    Thank you
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    Re: Tells / Told

    Thanks Mamen,

    I think I get the idea behind told/would

    But I'm still lost as to when to use which? Both look similar to me in tone, stress, importance (How many 'types' are there for evaluating a sentence?).

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    Re: Tells / Told

    Quote Originally Posted by Krabby Krabs View Post
    Hello Teachers! I have questions.

    1) He tells me he will visit. He told me that more than once or twice , probably many times.
    Every time I see him, he tells me he will visit.

    2) He told me he will (or would?) visit. Likely he told me that only once.
    Four months ago he told me he (will)(would) visit, but he still hasn't come to see me.
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    What are the distinctions? Why would you use either in what situation?

    Thank you
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