I'm wondering whether the use of the word 告诉 is restricted to certain places in a sentence.

I'm wondering whether this sentence would be correct:

今年初,我的朋友告诉我他这个学期每个星期要打工三十个小时。Is 告诉 allowed to be used to quote what someone has said?

Thanks very much in advance.

  • why not enter 告诉 into jukuu and examine their 100 example sentences?
    – user6065
    Commented Mar 22, 2017 at 11:43
  • English grammar distinguishes between direct (e.g.: he said :" ...",quoting s。o。) and indirect speech (e.g. he said that ...), 告诉某人。。。 corresponds to "tell s.o. (that)..., i.e. indirect speech, one can add 说: 告诉某人说。。。 which still could correspond to indirect speech, using quotation marks 告诉某人说:"direct quotation" may correspond to direct speech,i。p。indirect speech:。。。告诉我他这个学期。。。,direct speech:。。。 告诉我 :" 这个学期。。。"。
    – user6065
    Commented Mar 22, 2017 at 19:35
  • @user6065 direct and indirect speech (直接跟间接引语)seem to be concepts that exist in any language, i.e. any language would seem to distinguish between them, besides "quoting" usually implies direct speech
    – user6065
    Commented Mar 31, 2017 at 8:32

1 Answer 1


It is correct. You can use 告诉 in this way.

You can add a comma to make it clearer.

BTW, the sentence can be simplified as follows.

  • 1
    You deserve to be dipped in gold for such a quick and concise answer. Thankyou!!!
    – Sulfly
    Commented Mar 22, 2017 at 11:48

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