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Can you use a construction verb + obj. + infinitive (I told you to do it) with the verb to write? I.e. is there a shorter way to say this?
In my email I wrote telling you to get ready by 8.
***** A NON-TEACHER's COMMENT *****
(1) I always thought that it was OK (at least in conversational American
English) to say:
Martha: Why are you late? It's already 9:30.
Tom: What are you talking about?
Martha: I wrote you to be here by 8.
Tom: Well, I never received your note.
(2) Have I been wrong all these many years?
A simpler way of putting it (avoiding the suggested construction) might be:
"In my email, I asked you to be ready by 8."
I personally prefer short sentences. The only problem is that it takes longer to write a short sentence than a long one!
Hope this helps