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In English, how do you say...?

Alice Val Alice Val (2) on 20/03/19

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Hello!

Could you, please, tell me whether it's better to say 'tell me about the advantages and disadvantages of something' or 'tell me the advantages and disadvantages of something'?


Thank you in advance!

Answers

Tell me something/about something

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I prefer the version with "about"

Comments

Paul Allard Paul Allard (0) on 20/03/19

Defnitely better with "about"

Alice Val Alice Val (2) on 21/03/19

Paul, thank you very much!

Richard Detwiler Richard Detwiler (0) on 21/03/19

In my community of English speakers (Southeastern Pennsylvania) both versions would be heard as perfectly "correct" and normal English.  In conversation there could be a subtle difference perceived by the hearer that could invite slightly different responses.

"Tell me about the advantages and disadvantages" might be understood more as an invitation to have a discussion about them.

"Tell me the advantages and disadvantages" might be heard more as simply a request for your list.

Alice Val Alice Val (2) on 21/03/19

Richard, thank you! It's very similar to Russian in this case.

Sam Wilson Sam Wilson (0) on 16/04/19

It should go with 'about'.

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