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    'tell off' some one

    hi

    can someone give me a context to use the following sentence.

    I told her off

    can i say i had told her off

    thank u


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    Re: 'tell off' some one

    Quote Originally Posted by reenamma View Post
    hi

    Can someone give me a context to use the following sentence.

    I told her off

    Can I say "I had told her off"

    thank you
    She was making a noise so I told her off.

    When I had told her off, she went into a sulk and slammed out of the room.

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    #3

    Re: 'tell off' some one

    Yes. It's separable, so you can say all these

    I told Mary off.

    I told off Mary.

    and

    I told her off.

    But not 'I told off her".

    And it's perfectly appropriate to use this verb in the past pefect: 'I had told her off.' Also, in the unlikely event of your arranging for someone to be reprimanded by someone else ( - BUT THIS IS NOT A SERIOUS SUGGESTION), you could even say 'I had her told off' (extremely unlikely).

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