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    • Join Date: Aug 2007
    • Posts: 28

    tell you this? tell this to you?

    I have learned that a direct object can't be placed after an indirect object in a sentence using verbs such as tell, send, etc. which require two objects(ID, DO).

    So I think "I don't know how to tell you this" is not correct. But this sentence seems available. Could explain this to me?

    • Join Date: Oct 2006
    • Posts: 19,434

    Re: tell you this? tell this to you?

    It is colloquial and common, even if not strictly grammatical. In formal assignments, keep to the grammatical structure, but feel free to use the colloquial form in speech.


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