Which of these sentences is correct?
a) I told (that) she had to get off the laptop.
b) I told her (that) she had to get off the laptop.
What about these?
a) I said (that) she was in trouble!
b) I said her (that) she was in trouble!
(see below for answers)
‘Said’ and ‘told’ are often confused and used incorrectly. Here’s a quick tip to remember how to use them.
Always put WHO is being told after the word ‘told’.
e.g. I told my mom (that I wanted to leave) Mark told her (that he likes coffee). They told their parents (that they love them).
Always put WHAT you said after the word ‘said’.
I said that I wanted to leave. Mark said that he liked coffee. They said that they loved their parents.
So which of the above sentences is correct?
#1 b) #2 a)