The quotation from a textbook : "The legend tells about three brothers, ..." Is tell about correct here? Can an indirect object be omitted after tell?

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    Legends really tell of brothers. – RegDwigнt Oct 25 '18 at 14:25

It's perfectly normal.

Dictionary.com gives 13 definitions of "tell with an object" and 7 of "tell without an object".

  • Thanks for the comment. I've seen the examples with "tell" without an object, but there are not many with "tell+about" without an object, so I assumed it was wrong and should sound "tells us about". – Liliya Ryaboshapko Oct 26 '18 at 6:44

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