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    You could tell

    Hi,

    What does "You could tell" mean in the sentence below?

    You could tell, he was having the time of his life.

    Many thanks.

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    Re: You could tell

    'It was clear [from his behaviour] that ...' / 'He was clearly showing that ...'

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    Exclamation Re: You could tell

    Quote Originally Posted by Ferdie11 View Post
    Hi,

    What does "You could tell" mean in the sentence below?

    You could tell, he was having the time of his life.

    Many thanks.
    This was a suggestion or piece of advice to someone to express his openion about somebody.

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    Re: You could tell

    Quote Originally Posted by sarat_106 View Post
    This was a suggestion or piece of advice to someone to express his openion about somebody.
    There is no suggestion/piece of advice in the sentence, simply an opinion

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    Re: You could tell

    Quote Originally Posted by sarat_106 View Post
    This was a suggestion or piece of advice to someone to express his openion about somebody.
    'Tell' doesn't mean 'say' here.
    "You can tell" is a very common idiom meaning, "you can see/perceive/notice ...."
    "You can tell he is a wearing a toupee."
    "You could tell he didn't know much English."
    "I think you'd be able to tell if I didn't have a bath for a week."

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