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    Is the sentence correct?

    Vira questioned him if he’s going to tell on her to Celeste.









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    Re: Is the sentence correct?

    [QUOTE=Kristine May;712231]Vira questioned him if he’s going to tell on her to Celeste.


    To "tell on" someone is to usually report some transgression or wrongdoing but it is a rather juvenile expression. You might want to say ".....if he's going to report her to Celeste" or ".....if he's going to tell Celeste what Vira did". Of course, how you express it would depend on context, circumstances etc.

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    Re: Is the sentence correct?

    The context is Celeste is an antagonist and Vira plans something to find evidence against Celeste's wrong doings. She happened to tell Aurelio about it. How can I state it?

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    Re: Is the sentence correct?

    You can't question someone something. You can say:
    "Vira asked Aurelio if he was going to report Celeste." ('if' or 'whether')
    "
    Vira questioned Aurelio about whether he was going to report Celeste."

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    Re: Is the sentence correct?

    Quote Originally Posted by Kristine May View Post
    The context is Celeste is an antagonist and Vira plans something to find evidence against Celeste's wrong doings. She happened to tell Aurelio about it. How can I state it?
    For example,
    "Vira told Aurelio that she plans to find evidence of Celeste’s wrongdoings."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    You can't question someone something. You can say:
    "Vira asked Aurelio if he was going to report Celeste." ('if' or 'whether')
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    Vira questioned Aurelio about whether he was going to report Celeste."

    What do you mean by "You can't question someone something"?

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    Quote Originally Posted by billmcd View Post
    For example,
    "Vira told Aurelio that she plans to find evidence of Celeste’s wrongdoings."

    That was only the context but it's not the sentence I'm looking for. I'm trying to figure out how I can state telling someone not to reveal my plans to somebody else.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kristine May View Post
    What do you mean by "You can't question someone something"?
    You can't say, "Vira questioned Aurelio if he was going to report Celeste."
    * "Vira questioned Aurelio [someone] if he was going to report Celeste. [something]" Wrong.
    You can ask someone something. You can question someone about something. But you can't question someone something. Hence the two choices I gave in my previous post.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kristine May View Post
    That was only the context but it's not the sentence I'm looking for. I'm trying to figure out how I can state telling someone not to reveal my plans to somebody else.
    OK. For example, "Please don't tell anyone about my plan" OR "about what I am going to do".

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    Re: Is the sentence correct?

    "Are you going to tell Celeste what I am planning to do?" Vira asked him.

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