When to use the preposition 'to' ?

‘I told to him’ or ‘I told him’? ‘Explain me’ or ‘explain to me’? Which verbs take the preposition and which ones do not?

Tell to or tell. Ever wondered why we say ‘explain to me what happened’ and NOT ‘explain me what happened’? The reason is that certain verbs of communication whose object is indirect always take the preposition ‘to’ or ‘for’ before the indirect object, regardless of the indirect object’s position in the sentence. Let’s look at some examples of verbs that always take, no matter what, ‘to’ or ‘for’ before their indirect object. (more…)

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