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"I told him" is a phrase which is often translated as "le dije", and "I told her" is a phrase which is also often translated as "le dije". Learn more about the difference between "I told him" and "I told her" below.
I told him(
ay
 
told
 
hihm
)
A phrase is a group of words commonly used together (e.g once upon a time).
phrase
1. (short or defined period of time)
a. le dije
I told him to shut up but he kept talking.Le dije que se callara pero siguió hablando.
b. le conté
I told him a joke and he laughed.Le conté un chiste y se rió.
2. (long or undefined period of time)
a. le decía
When he was young, I always told him that being honest was the most important thing.Cuando él era joven, yo siempre le decía que lo más importante era ser honesto.
b. le contaba
My father told him our family's history again and again.Mi padre le contaba la historia de la familia una y otra vez.
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I told her(
ay
 
told
 
huhr
)
A phrase is a group of words commonly used together (e.g once upon a time).
phrase
1. (general)
a. le dije (short or defined period of time)
Your mother was asking about you. I told her you'd be back before midnight.Tu madre preguntó por ti. Le dije que volverías antes de la medianoche.
b. le conté (short or defined period of time)
Your friend asked me how we met, and I told her the story.Tu amiga me preguntó cómo nos conocimos, y le conté la historia.
c. le decía (long or undefined period of time)
Day after day, I told her that everything was going to be fine.Día tras día le decía que todo iba a estar bien.
d. le contaba (long or undefined period of time)
I love my daughter. When she was young, I told her bedtime stories every night.Yo amo a mi hija. Cuando ella era joven, todas las noches le contaba cuentos antes de dormir.
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