Is the verb used naturally in the following sentence.

I left the money on the table, but I forgot to tell my wife.

Do I need to use about it after the wife


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The phrase including "tell" is preceding the phrase including the "leaving of money".
As they both are connected, it is well understood that the "telling" is about the "leaving", hence "about it" is NOT necessary.

  • Actually, the clause with tell follows the other one, both in terms of the sentence itself and in terms of the sequence of events described. It doesn't precede it. (If the sentence read but I forgot to tell my wife ahead of time that I would do so, then you could interpret the described event—of not doing so—as temporally preceding the act of leaving the money on the table.) However, the one preceding the other or not, the referent of the tell clause is still understood to be the left clause, so it doesn't need further clarification. Adding about it is fine, but it's not required. Jul 12, 2019 at 13:13

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