my 2 cents.
Tell and told are to be used with a subject, i.e tell him,told me, he tells me
if you are not going to use subject its advised to use said or say eg:- he said that ,he says
i say to him is X
i told him or i tell him ( Depending on the tense) is correct
i told that = X
I told him that or i said that is correct ( Here him is a subject, or name of the person instead of him and he/ she will be a subject. if you don't want to use subject only then use Said or say)
Another word that we use is But
but gives a negative statement sometimes, always use However
when making a positive statement. But and however But
are often used interchangeably to mean ‘yet’ or ‘nevertheless’.
Rahul lost a fortune gambling, but/however
he still lives in a mansion. But
is often regarded as more informal than however
. Some people think you can’t use but
at the beginning of a sentence. But
you can. The Macquarie Dictionary
“Some writers object to sentences beginning with but
on the grounds that it is a conjunction which should link clauses within a sentence and should not appear to link a new sentence with the previous one. In fact many writers use but
at the beginning of a sentence and there is no reason to object to the practice provided that it is not overdone.” But
have some distinct meanings of their own.
- But means ‘on the contrary’ and ‘with the exception that’.
I like everyone but
- However can also be used to mean ‘by whatever means, condition or state’.
I will get there however