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J. R. R. Tolkien used to make up his own stories to tell to his children.

What do you think of the usage of ''TO'' following tell.

Is it a typho, or a possible usage?

If not a typho, what is difference between tell children and tell to children ?

Looking forward to your invaluable explanation ..
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J. R. R. Tolkien used to make up his own stories to tell to his children.

No typo

''Stories to tell to children'' = stories (to tell = infinitive clause modifying 'stories') to children

stories to children

'to' does not hinge on the verb tell
I think the key here is the word "stories". You can tell (narrate) stories to someone, e.g. "I enjoy telling stories to my children."
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in this situation, it looks like tell is not a verb.
The sentence can be broken up to following:
J. R. R. Tolkien / used to make up / his own stories to tell / to his children.

It is a classic example of S.V.O.O. IMHO.
"to" could have as easily been replaced with "for."
Sashasaskiin this situation, it looks like tell is not a verb. The sentence can be broken up to following: J. R. R. Tolkien / used to make up / his own stories to tell / to his children. It is a classic example of S.V.O.O. IMHO. "to" could have as easily been replaced with "for."
I fully disagree with you about your idea'' Tell is not a verb''.

It is clearly a verb not something else.
Sashasaskiin this situation, it looks like tell is not a verb. The sentence can be broken up to following: J. R. R. Tolkien / used to make up / his own stories to tell / to his children. It is a classic example of S.V.O.O. IMHO. "to" could have as easily been replaced with "for."
Your parsing is faulty.

IMHO -- H = humble?

Tell is not verb? News to me.

Tell cannot be anything else than verb.

J. R. R. Tolkien used to make up his own stories to tell to his children.

J. R. R. Tolkien -- S

used to make up -- V

his own stories -- O

(so as) to tell (the stories) to his children -- reason (sub-)clause -- so as to = adverbial conjunction
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InchoateknowledgeJ. R. R. Tolkien used to make up his own stories to tell to his children.

Typo

What about this book title ;

''Stories to tell to children'' A book by Sara Cone Bryant
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J. R. R. Tolkien used to make up his own stories to tell to his children.

Typo

What about this book title ;

''Stories to tell to children'' A book by Sara Cone Bryant

J. R. R. Tolkien used to make up his own stories to tell to his children.

J. R. R. Tolkien -- S

used to make up -- V

his own stories -- O

(so as) to tell (the stories) to his children -- reason (sub-)clause -- so as to = adverbial conjunction

No typo really, sorry
''Stories to tell to children'' = stories (to tell = infinitive clause modifying 'stories') to children

stories to children

'to' does not hinge on the verb tell
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