I CAN TELL
I CAN TELL: meaning and examples
Good morning. I hope you had a good weekend.
Today we will look at a use of the verb tell that I have never seen in an English textbook, although it is used quite a bit in spoken English.
Today's expression is: I, you, he, she, we, they CAN TELL (THAT)...
Meaning: to discern or comprehend; to see or judge something correctly; to notice.
She says that she is happy about Jack's promotion, but I can tell that she is jealous.
The only way to tell if you like something is by trying it.
I could tell that he was angry from his expression.
You can usually replace the verb tell, in these contexts, with see
Examples with see:
-She says that she is happy about Jack's promotion, but I can see that she is jealous.
-The only way to see if you like something is by trying it.
-I could see that he was angry from his expression.
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