Don't tell anyone this.

subhajit123

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Hi, are these sentences correct?

1- Hey John, It's a secret. Don't tell this to anyone.

2- Hey John, It's a secret. Don't tell anyone this.

3- Don't tell your secrets to anyone. It'll not be good for you.

4- Don't tell anyone your secrets. It'll not be good for you.
 

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Hi, are these sentences correct?

1- Hey John, It's a secret. Don't tell this to anyone. :cross: We don't use a capital letter after a comma unless the next word is a proper noun or the first person singular "I".

2- Hey John, It's a secret. Don't tell anyone this. :cross: Same reason as #1.

3- Don't tell your secrets to anyone. It'll not be good for you. :tick: It's OK but it would be more natural to say "It won't be good for you".

4- Don't tell anyone your secrets. It'll not be good for you. :tick: Same response as #3.

See above.
 

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1- Hey John, it's a secret. Don't tell this to anyone.

2- Hey John, it's a secret. Don't tell this to anyone.

Are they correct now? ;-)
 

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They're identical! :shock:
 

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... And correct.
 

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It would be much more natural to use "Don't tell anyone", not "Don't tell this to anyone".
 

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I would use:

Hey, John,
 
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