I wonder how an American pronounces…
said … told
/sɛd/ … /towld/
Do you know what she said to me?
She said, “Good-bye.”
She said good-bye to me.
She said that she was leaving.
You have no trouble using this verb correctly.
However, the verb ‘told‘ can be a problem.
The two verbs have the same meaning,
but different sentence structure.
told + person you are talking to
You have to mention the person you are talking to…
immediately after the verb…no preposition ‘to’.
told me … told you … told him, her, it … told us … told them
told Mary … told my sister … told everyone … told the audience
This pattern applies to all forms of
the verb: tell … told … telling
Stuff Mom Never told You
told (us) the truth
told (everyone) a lie
told (me) a secret
told (his daughter) a story
told (them) the time
active voice: people told us
passive voice: we were told