The verb “to tell” is quite widely used and versatile in English, but comparatively rarely used by non-natives.
There are a few small words that bespeckle native English yet are rarely used by non-natives. A very useful one is “keep”.
Of several small, versatile words that are widely used by English authors and hardly ever turn up in non-native texts, the one that’s missed most often is “let”.
… you are forced into a clumsy structure. Avoiding it lets you make the syntax snappier.