I always say sentences like "Reply him that you will deliver the report later". A friend of mine who is rather particular about English grammar says it should be "Reply to him that [...]". Is this variation correct? Is my usage wrong, or just as acceptable?
I feel that it's unnecessary to have that 'to' there and only serves to break the natural flow of speaking without adding anything extra, if you know what I mean. Besides, you do not say "Tell to him" but you say "Tell him". But interestingly you say "Speak to him" or "Talk to him".
- Reply her or Reply to her
- Reply his email or Reply to his email
PS: I can't find any answer to this by searching on Google or this site.