give information (in spoken or written words)
give order; direct
reveal a secret
decide or determine; know definitely
"He said that he wanted to marry her"
"tell me what is bothering you"
"state your opinion"
"state your name"
"Tell them that you will be late"
"Tell what happened"
"The father told a story to his child"
"I said to him to go home"
"She ordered him to do the shopping"
"The mother told the child to get dressed"
"He could tell that she was unhappy"
"I tell you that man is a crook!"
"he was telling on all his former colleague"
"We distinguish several kinds of maple"
Barnabas and Paul..tolde what signes and wondres God had shewed.
出自：Bible (Tyndale): Acts
He told of bloody fights.
出自： G. Crabbe
He was telling another fishing story.
出自： G. Greene
He told about Mrs.Emily, who was kind and charitable.
He told about his plans.
I don't want to tell about my failure.
His face tells about his honesty.
他的表情可以说明他的诚实。 tell sb/sth about sb/oneself/sth/v-ing
Then briefly she told us about herself.
Can you tell me about that?
I'll tell you about it later.
I told Brosin about that the other night.
Can you tell me about a way to prevent milk from turning sour in hot weather?
Has she told you about leaving China for home?
Her poor eyesight is bound to tell against her applying for a job.
How can we tell the good from the bad?
He is a fellow who can't tell right from wrong.
He also told of the intimate friendship he had formed with the Burudi people.
They told of the excellent situation prevailing in their province.
The book tells of her sister's life in new China.
Her blush told of her embarrassment.
The calculating look in his eyes told of Norman blood.
他那工于心计的眼神显示出他有诺曼人的血统。 tell sb of sth
She told us of the difficulties she had met with in her work.
She told me of what she had been reading and her plan for the next term.
We must tell them of our decision.
Some of them have assumed arrogant airs and become fond of telling people off.
Mum told me off for wearing my best shoes for playing football.
The conductor told the school boys off for the throwing litter on the floor of the bus.
The director told him off for being late for work again.
The little boy's mother told him off for being naughty.
He didn't like being told off for something he hadn't done.
He was told off for being careless.
他因粗心大意挨说了。 tell sb ⇔ off
We were told off for special duty.
They were told off to clean the latrines.
误 He told that he had passed the exam.
正 He told us that he had passed the exam.
析 tell后不能直接接从句表示“告知某人某事”时,须接双宾语,即tell sb sth。
误 The teacher told us don't make any noise.
正 The teacher told us not to make any noise.
析 “告诉某人不要做某事”,英语用“tell sb not to do sth ”,即用不定式作复合宾语。
误 Telling the truth,I'm not very interested in going to the show.
正 To tell the truth,I'm not very interested in going to the show.
析 to tell the truth常在句中作插入语,这是一种固定表达方式,不用分词短语。
误 As I spoke to you yesterday, he got up to speak and said nothing at the meeting.
正 As I told you yesterday, he got up to speak and said nothing at the meeting.
误 Don't say lies!
正 Don't tell lies!
误 She told,“I am leaving.”
正 She said,“I am leaving.”
析 tell后面一般要加说话的对象(人称代词),然后再加说话的内容; 而say可以直接加内容。
误 They are so alike that only their mother can tell Jane and Sar.
正 They are so alike that only their mother can tell Jane and Sar apart.
正 They are so alike that only their mother can tell Jane from Sar.
析 “把…分得清楚,把…辨别开”英文用tell...from...或tell...and... apart表示。
误 Every student can tell his nervousness before the examinations.
正 Every student can tell of his nervousness before the examinations.
析 tell 作为“告诉,讲述”讲,用在能讲完整的事物前,如story, news, truth, lie, opinion, views等时是及物动词; 用在不能讲清楚或讲完整的事物前,是不及物动词,后面要跟of或about。
误 He told me some information about this prestigious university.
正 He gave me some information about this prestigious university.
析 可以说give sb information, supply〔provide〕 sb with information,但不能说tell sb information。
误 She inspected John's palm and said his fortune.
正 She inspected John's palm and told his fortune.
析 表示“(给某人)算命”,要说 tell sb's fortune,不可以说 say sb's fortune。