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    clarification requested

    Hate to bother you but one our "famous teachers" down here in Ukraine told me that we can't use "say to" in indirect speech. I beleive we can say things like "He said to me that he had been pretty busy."?
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    Re: clarification requested

    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    Hate to bother you but one our "famous teachers" down here in Ukraine told me that we can't use "say to" in indirect speech. I beleive we can say things like "He said to me that he had been pretty bussy."?
    I don't see anything wrong with your example except the word is 'busy', not 'bussy'.

    You could also say:

    He told me (that) he had been pretty busy.
    He said (that) he had been pretty busy.

    ('that' above would be optional)

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