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    Does 'tells' mean that here?

    Alice: Alan, have you ever made a home movie?
    Alan: No, I haven't.
    Alice: Ah, well, there's always a first time! I'm sure you'll do it very well.
    A few days later.
    Daisy: Alice tells me you want to make a home movie, Alan.
    Alan: She wants me to. I don't know where to begin!

    By saying 'tells' instead of 'told', Daisy wants to express that Alice tells her that thing every time she meets her. It's almost become a habit of Alice’s. In this way, Daisy wants to show how much Alice is concerned with that thing.

    Is the explanation above correct?
    If not, what's the correct explanation?​

    THANKS.
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    Re: Does 'tells' mean that here?

    not a teacher

    Alice tells me you want to make a home movie, Alan.

    "Somebody tells me (that)"
    This form is used when you are relating or reporting what you have been told. It doesn't necessarily indicate that you have been told multiple times.

    "I just spoke to my boss and he tells me that the business is not doing well."

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    Re: Does 'tells' mean that here?

    diamondcutter, the default font size is adequate for most purposes.

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    Re: Does 'tells' mean that here?

    "Told" usually implies that you are relating exactly what someone said to you. Not necessarily quoting the conversation verbatim, but the same basic facts. "Tells" implies that you are summarizing or perhaps rephrasing what someone said to you. For example:

    Daisy (to Violet, a mutual friend who also knows Alan and Alice): "I live right next door to Alan and Alice, and even with my windows closed I can hear them screaming at each other. Every night, it's the same thing...he gets drunk, she calls hiim a bum, they throw things at each other, and on and on."

    (The next day, Violet has lunch with Alice and says:) "Violet told me that Alan gets drunk and throws things at you. Does he ever hit you? Do you feel safe with him?"

    - or -

    (The next day, Violet has lunch with Alice and says:) "Violet tells me that you and Alan haven't been getting along very well lately. Anything you'd like to talk about?")

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