Hello, I encountered some pattern in my textbook: "tell somebody how to VERB". Some examples are given below: 1. Sally told Fred how to win the race. 2. Sally told Fred what to talk about. 3. Sally told Fred when to leave. In all these three sentences, the underlined verbs express voluntary actions, not states. The authors of the say that all these three sentences are acceptable. But what is not clear to me is whether the following sentences 4, 5, 6, in which the underlined verbs all express states, not actions, are as acceptable as 1, 2, 3 above. 4. Sally told Fred how to realize it's raining. 5. Sally told Fred what to resemble. 6. Sally told Fred when to understand physics. All these sentences are from the book "Simple Syntax, P.464". The authors of the book seem to see the six sentences above to be all acceptable. But to me, 4, 5 and 6, with state-expressing verbs, sound less acceptable/natural than 1, 2 and 3, with action-expressing verbs. What do you think of this? It would be very helpful if you could share your intuitions with me.