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    crying

    "You couldn't tell that
    I've been crying over you,"

    1. Does 'tell' mean know (i.e. couldn't know that ...)
    2. What does 'cry over sb.' mean? Is it common usage?


    "I thought that I was over you."

    3. Does 'I was over you' mean 'I was no longer in love with you'? Is 'to be over sb.' common usage?


    "But darling, what can I do?
    For you don't love me"

    4. Does 'for' mean because?


    "and from this moment on, I'll be crying, crying, crying, crying"

    5. Does 'from this moment on' mean 'from now on'?


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    Crying lyrics

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    "Left me standing all alone."
    to leave somebody doing something
    e.g. Never leave children playing near water unattended.
    (from Longman dictionary)

    "But the touch of your hand can start me crying."
    start me crying = make me start crying

    to start somebody doing something
    What Kerry said started me thinking (=made me start thinking). (from Longman dictionary)


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    Re: crying

    Couldn't tell means you could not know or see.
    Cry over somebody means that you are sad about him/her (probably because have lost him/her as a lover/friend). It is commonly used.
    I thought I was over you means I thought I was no longer in love with you as you say. It is also commonly used.
    For in this sentence means because.
    From this moment on means from now on. (Note:- There is a song written by Cole Porter with the title "From this moment on", see below)

    Your knowledge of colloquial English seems very good !!

    Lyrics of From this Moment on +

    "From this moment on
    You for me dear
    Only two for tea dear
    From this moment on"

    "From this happy day
    No more blue songs
    Only whoop dee doo songs
    From this moment on..."etc...

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    Re: crying

    1. Does 'tell' mean know (i.e. couldn't know that ...)
    To discover by observation; discern: could tell that he was upset. tell - Definitions from Dictionary.com
    2. What does 'cry over sb.' mean? Is it common usage?
    to lament about a past loss
    3. It means, he thought he was no longer in love with her; yes, the saying "over you" is common.


    "But darling, what can I do?
    For you don't love me"

    4. To me it means, seeing that, since.

    5. Starting now.

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