tell

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UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsUK and possibly other pronunciations/ˈtɛl/US:USA pronunciation: IPA and respellingUSA pronuncation: IPA/tɛl/ ,USA pronunciation: respelling(tel)


Inflections of 'tell' (v): (⇒ conjugate)
tells
v 3rd person singular
telling
v pres pverb, present participle: -ing verb used descriptively or to form progressive verb--for example, "a singing bird," "It is singing."
told
v pastverb, past simple: Past tense--for example, "He saw the man." "She laughed."
told
v past pverb, past participle: Verb form used descriptively or to form verbs--for example, "the locked door," "The door has been locked."
WordReference English Collocations © 2020

tell

Most examples are given in US English. We have labeled exceptions as UK.
v
  1. tell a [secret, lie, fib, joke]
  2. don't tell [lies, fibs, stories, tales]
  3. told us the [news, truth, secret]
  4. tell me the truth
  5. tell a story (about)
  6. tell tall [stories, tales]
  7. tell her side of the story
  8. tell it how it is
  9. tell me what you [think, want, heard, decide]
  10. tell me your opinion
  11. tell me when you decide
  12. tell her everything
  13. tell her you love her
  14. don't tell [him, anyone]
  15. need to tell [a friend, someone] (about)
  16. someone should tell him that
  17. let me tell you [all about it, everything]
  18. can't tell you [when, if, where, what, how]
  19. promise you won't tell [anyone, a soul]?
  20. (please) don't tell me [you've, you're]
  21. were told to [come, go, be quiet]
  22. can tell when [you're lying, you've made a mistake]
  23. can tell the difference (between)
  24. can tell you changed your [hair, glasses]
  25. you can't always tell [which, who, what]
  26. is not always easy to tell
  27. [cannot, hard to] tell the [two, twins, sisters] apart
  28. [cannot] tell them apart
  29. told [them, the children] off (for)
  30. going to tell (the teacher, your parents) on you (for)
  31. tell on your little [brother, sister]
  32. [history, legend] tells of a [land, time, king]
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