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    tells or shows

    "The clock tells the time". I saw this sentence in a book ,but I think it is "shows" is the correct.

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    Re: tells or shows

    Quote Originally Posted by edmondjanet View Post
    "The clock tells the time". I saw this sentence in a book ,but I think it is "shows" is the correct.
    That's an interesting point. I would generally use "to tell the time" to talk about a child who is learning to read the hands on a clock or a watch and work out what the time is.

    "Look at the clock. Can you tell the time?"
    "Is your daughter old enough to tell the time yet?"

    A clock does, of course, show (or display) the time. However, it is possible to use "tell the time" instead.

    "I think my clock needs a new battery."
    "Why? Doesn't it tell the time correctly any more?"
    "No. It's very slow."

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