立即打开

BBC英语一分钟:当tell的意思不是“告诉”的时候

When 'tell' doesn't mean 'tell'

当tell的意思不是“告诉”时

Hi, everyone! Think of tell and you think of speaking, but tell doesn't always mean tell. Let me tell you why... OK that time I meant speaking.

嗨,大家好!一想到“说”,你就会想到“说”,但“说”并不总是“说”的意思。让我来告诉你为什么……我这里的tell就是说的意思

Not only does the verb tell mean 'say something to someone', it also has a meaning similar to 'know', 'recognise', 'understand', or 'perceive'.

动词tell不仅表示“对某人说某事”,它还有类似“知道”、“认识”、“理解”或“感知”的意思。

We often use it in combination with the verb 'can' to make can tell for the present and 'could tell' for the past.

我们经常把它和动词can结合在一起来表示现在的can tell和过去的could tell。

I can tell he's from France. He has an accent!

我看得出他来自法国。他有口音!

Or: We could tell it was going to rain because of the clouds.

或者:因为有云,我们可以断定要下雨了。

We often use it to talk about differences. Then, we might use the negative or the question.

我们经常用它来谈论差异。然后,我们可以用否定形式或疑问句。

Can you tell the difference between this cup and that cup? I can't tell the difference between this cup and that cup.

你能说出这个杯子和那个杯子的区别吗?我分辨不出这个杯子和那个杯子的区别。

We often use can tell with the pronoun 'you' to talk about something that many people should find obvious.

我们经常用can tell和代词you一起来谈论一些很多人都觉得很明显的事情。

You can tell he's an English teacher - he knows all the answers.

你可以看出他是个英语老师——他知道所有的答案。

打开APP阅读全文