informed the police

English Language Proficiency Tests, Advanced Level

ESL/EFL Test #99 [color=blue]“The Parliamentary Candidate (2)”, question 4

They decided to get dressed at once and take the two girls to their aunt’s house. Henry the police but asked them to keep the news from the press.

(a) instructed
(b) directed
© said
(d) informed

English Language Proficiency Tests, Advanced Level

ESL/EFL Test #99 [color=blue]“The Parliamentary Candidate (2)”, answer 4

They decided to get dressed at once and take the two girls to their aunt’s house. Henry informed the police but asked them to keep the news from the press.

Correct answer: (d) informed
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informed the police …does it mean tell the police about what happened ?

Yes.

I’d like to ask you about more alternatives that have come to my mind and check if they could work: warned the police/alterted the police/reported to the police but asked them to keep the news from the press.

Those owuld work but you need the noun or a pronoun for the noun between ‘reported’ and ‘to’ if you are going to follow up the sentence:

He reported it/the crime/the theft/the assault to the police but asked them to keep the news from the press.