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  1. Newbie
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    "He told me that he in fact is a girl" "He said to me that he in fact is a girl"

    I said " He said to me...." when I was having a conversation with my friend who is English,
    and when I said "... said to me" I thought it was grammatically correct but then
    she amended my words to "He told me. Say he told me."
    So I go, "Ok, he told me..." But I remember Oprah winfrey saying "He said to me.." "Someone said to me..."
    "When I met her she said to me..." on her show very much so I thought it was okay to say it like that.
    But is it? Maybe it's an american thing?
    Please help me.

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    Re: "He told me that he in fact is a girl" "He said to me that he in fact is a girl"

    You can use "He said to me" or "He told me" depending on context. In the context you gave "He told me that he was, in fact, a girl" would be more natural because he imparted information.

    Learners frequently say "He told to me", which is incorrect.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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