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    to any

    Did you tell to any of your colleagues that ...

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    Is this sentence correct with "to"?
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    Re: to any

    Quote Originally Posted by jctgf View Post
    Did you tell to any of your colleagues that ...

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    Is this sentence correct with "to"?
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    No. Usually not. "To tell somebody something" is the correct construction, normally. But "to tell something to somebody". The indirect object normally precedes the direct object; if it follows, the "to" is required to make it clear.

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    Re: to any

    Then, the right ways are "Did you tell any of your friends that I'm ..." or "Did you tell that I'm ... to any of your friends"?
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    Re: to any

    Quote Originally Posted by jctgf View Post
    Then, the right ways are "Did you tell any of your friends that I'm ..." or "Did you tell that I'm ... to any of your friends"?
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    Strictly speaking they're both correct, but the first is much better, since otherwise "friends" goes too far from "tell".

    Tell (shorter someone) (longer something)
    Tell (shorter something) to (longer someone).

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