the verb 'told' indicates the action of relaying information. This verb is in the past-tense, which indicates that the action of relaying information already took place.
1. My parents told me never to give up.
2. She told me she was busy.
3. I told my brother to stay away.
it can be easy for English language learners to confuse the verb 'told' with the past participle of the verb 'tell', which is 'told'. It is important to note that when 'told' is used as the past participle of the verb 'tell', it should be used with the auxiliary verb 'have', such as 'I have told him the news'.