•Please, tell me about the new school .

•Please, tell me of the new school.

  • What context did you find them in and what research have you already done?
    – mdewey
    Sep 6, 2022 at 13:36

1 Answer 1


Please tell me about the new school is a request for a description of the school. It might be a parent asking for information, or someone asking a new pupil how they are experiencing life there.

To tell someone of something usually means to inform them of its existence.

Mr Smith told me of a new school that is going to open in September.

  • Can i use both interchangeably?
    – Sam
    Sep 6, 2022 at 10:18
  • No - I've just explained the difference between them. (Tell someone of can be used in the sense describe, but usually in the context of storytelling rather than everyday conversation - The old sailor told us of the foreign lands he had visited.) Sep 6, 2022 at 10:27
  • Can i use it formally?
    – Sam
    Sep 6, 2022 at 10:33
  • It would mark you out as a non-native speaker if you did! Sep 6, 2022 at 10:36

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