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    Tell time

    A watch can tell time correctly.
    A child can tell time correctly at a young age.
    Are both 'tell time' naturally used?
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    Re: Tell time

    More natural would be 'tell the time'.

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    Re: Tell time

    "Tell time" is incorrect. As Rover said, we use "tell the time" (in BrE).
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Tell time

    Thank you!
    So if changed into "tell the time", both sentences are acceptable.

    Is that so?

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    Re: Tell time

    They would be grammatically correct.

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    #6

    Re: Tell time

    This is one of those things that you you say a bunch of times both ways until neither sounds right, but I think in the US, we would say "Jimmy has learned to tell time."
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: Tell time

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    This is one of those things that you you say a bunch of times both ways until neither sounds right, but I think in the US, we would say "Jimmy has learned to tell time."
    In that case, there is a definite AmE/BrE difference. That sentence, in BrE, has an article missing. Jimmy has learned to tell the time.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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