In the following sentence, can I omit the word 'about'? If not, I'd like to know the difference between 'tell somebody something' and 'tell somebody about something'.

I found the tea culture in Japan you told me about very interesting.


No, you can't.

When you use "tell somebody something" you are expressing indirect speech and the something should normally be a complete sentence. For example,

I told you I would be on time.

I told you tea culture is important in Japan.

When you tell somebody about <something>, the <something> can be just a noun phrase, as in your example.

  • Also, you tell someone a fact, but when you tell them about something, you give them a longer description which may include numerous facts. – Kate Bunting Aug 9 '20 at 7:49

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