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    Differences

    You can say "Tell me" but don't "tell it", or for instance "explain it" but not "explain me". Why is that?

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    Re: Differences

    Tell it to me
    Explain it to me

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    Re: Differences

    Using tell requires one of the following grammar constructions:
    1. tell somebody something
    2. tell something to somebody

    For example:
    He told everybody he saw the news.
    He told the news to everybody.

    Explainsomething (to somebody)

    For example:
    You should explain the rules of the game to your friends.

    You cannot say explain me because in this case, you must use the above mentioned form to somebody.
    So, instead of explain me, you can say, for example, Explain to me what to do in such situations

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    Re: Differences

    Quote Originally Posted by Lukazero View Post
    You can say "Tell me" but don't "tell it"
    "Just tell it...
    Tell it like it is.
    Tell it..
    Tell it like it feels.
    Tell it to me, baby."

    from the ZZ Top's album " Recycle "

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    Re: Differences

    "Just tell it...
    I would go for say it...

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    Re: Differences

    Quote Originally Posted by Lukazero View Post
    You can say "Tell me" but don't "tell it"

    Quote Originally Posted by fighting spirit View Post
    I would go for say it...
    http://www.americancorpus.org/x3.asp?w11=tell&w12=it&r=

    There is nothing wrong about "tell it".

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    Re: Differences

    OK, maybe it's correct. I'm just saying what I would use.
    I hardly ever can hear tell it without to somebody in addition.

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    Re: Differences

    Quote Originally Posted by euncu View Post
    http://www.americancorpus.org/x3.asp?w11=tell&w12=it&r=

    There is nothing wrong about "tell it".
    Quote Originally Posted by fighting spirit View Post
    OK, maybe it's correct. I'm just saying what I would use.
    I hardly ever can hear tell it without to somebody in addition.
    "Tell it like it is" is pedominantly American. "Say it like it is" is predominantly British.

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    Re: Differences

    "Tell it like it is" is pedominantly American. "Say it like it is" is predominantly British.
    Thanks a lot bhaisahab. Now everything's clear.

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