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    #1

    Tell against

    I am wondering if I could use "tell against" in these sentences.

    1. Anna wished to be a model, but she was aware that her weight would tell against her.
    2. John was unable to get a job as a security guard because his criminal record told against him.

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    #2

    Re: Tell against

    Yes — they're fine.

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    #3

    Re: Tell against

    That must be another BrE vs. AmE difference. They don't work for me.

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    #4

    Re: Tell against

    It seems to be a BrE vs BrE difference. I've never heard that phrase (BrE) and it sounds completely unnatural to me.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #5

    Re: Tell against

    How do the Americans express the same sentences?

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    #6

    Re: Tell against

    They probably say 'count against' (cf 'teller' and 'counter').

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    #7

    Re: Tell against

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    It seems to be a BrE vs BrE difference. I've never heard that phrase (BrE) and it sounds completely unnatural to me.
    What can I say? It's right there in dictionaries.

    tell against sb/sth - Cambridge Dictionary - Cambridge University ...
    dictionary.cambridge.org/us/dictionary/british/tell-aga...
    What is tell against sb/sth? to make someone or something more likely to fail: : See more in British English Dictionary - Cambridge Dictionaries ...


    tell against - Macmillan English Dictionaries
    www.macmillandictionary.com/thesaurus/british/tell-agai...

    Comprehensive list of synonyms for tell against, related words for tell against and other words for tell against by Macmillan Dictionary and Thesaurus.

    tell against - Wiktionary

    (transitive, idiomatic) To function as a liability (for someone);
    It's even in the American Heritage Dictionary:

    tell
    3.
    To have an effect or impact: In this game every move tells.


    Last edited by Rover_KE; 14-Dec-2014 at 11:12.

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    #8

    Re: Tell against

    I am aware of that definition of "tell" in AmE, but not "tell against".

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