He told me to go away.
The pattern is verb + indirect object + to-clause. The indirect object is the person spoken to.
Other verbs used to report orders and requests in this way are: command, order, warn, ask, advise, invite, beg, teach, and forbid.
1. Reporting Commands
- affirmative commands → to + infinitive
- negative commands → not + to + infinitive
1.1. Affirmative commands
- Direct Speech → Dad (to me): “Do your homework.”
- Reported Speech → Dad told me to do my homework.
1.2. Negative commands
- Direct Speech → Teacher (to me): “Don't talk to your friend.”
- Reported Speech → The teacher told me not to talk to my friend.
- Father: “Let's watch a film.”
- Father suggested watching a film.
- Father suggested that they should watch a film
Do not use the infinitive after suggest. Father suggested to watch a film.
The dentist recommended using a different toothbrush.
- Could you buy some eggs?
- She asked me to buy some eggs
- Don't buy any eggs please.
- She asked me not to buy any eggs.