[Grammar] Where to put "to' after any verb?

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Shad

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Dear Teachers,
I am often confused while speaking the sentences like
I explained to you the reason
and
I explained you the reason.
Compare
I told you (Or, I told to you)
There are many such instances where i do not know whether to use " to " or not.
Kindly help me learn

Thank you
Shad
 

emsr2d2

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Unfortunately, there is no rule. You have to learn each verb and whether or not it goes with "to".

I tell you every day that I like you.
I say "I like you" to you every day.
I suggest [that] you wash your hands.
I suggest to you that you wash your hands.
I regularly explain to him what I do at work.
 
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