Time to clear some things up. When do we add that pesky preposition? When do we use “to” after a verb?
Let’s see: to tell
- I told him not to come (correct)
I told to him not to come(incorrect)
Let’s see: to say
- Here’s what I said to him… (correct)
Here’s what I said him…. (incorrect)
Golden Rule: to tell someone, no "to". And it's to say something to someone, always a "to" there. That’s important, y’all.
Bonus: To explain something TO someone
To recommend something TO someone
To recommend THAT someone do something
To recommend DOING something
To advise someone TO do something