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    #1

    to say to do sth as a command or advice

    In a grammar book I found such sentences:

    He couldn't help me, he said to ask Caroline.

    I had thought one could use only told me to ask in sentences like that. Can 'to say to do sth' also be used as advice or command?
    If I were a native speaker of English, I would never shut up. :-)

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    #2

    Re: to say to do sth as a command or advice

    It's fine, infomally. There are several examples in The British National Corpus.

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    #3

    Re: to say to do sth as a command or advice

    The sentence quoted is a comma splice. The two clauses should be separated by a semicolon or a full stop. Who wrote the grammar book?

    'He said to ask Caroline' is fine in informal reported speech.

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    Re: to say to do sth as a command or advice

    I agree with Rover. I missed the comma splice when I wrote "It's fine".

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    Re: to say to do sth as a command or advice

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    The sentence quoted is a comma splice. The two clauses should be separated by a semicolon or a full stop. Who wrote the grammar book?
    You are right and so is the gammar book (Murphy, 3rd Edition). It was my fault. I haven't copied it properly.


    Thanks for the explanation.
    If I were a native speaker of English, I would never shut up. :-)

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    #6

    Re: to say to do sth as a command or advice

    Quote Originally Posted by englishhobby View Post
    You are right and so is the gammar book (Murphy, 3rd Edition). It was my fault. I haven't copied it properly.


    Thanks for the explanation.
    didn't copy

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