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    #1

    I think he's happy. It's hard to tell.

    tell
    v.
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    6 (not used in the progressive tenses)

    to know, see or judge something correctly

    I think he's happy. It's hard to tell.

    https://www.oxfordlearnersdictionari...sh/tell?q=tell
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    What do the example sentences mean? (By the way, they are two sentences, right? t
    hough I was almost to use "what does it mean?")

    Do they mean that
    "I'm not sure if he's happy, but he does seem happy"? (A friend told me it.)
    Last edited by kadioguy; 21-Oct-2020 at 14:16. Reason: added the contents
    I am not a teacher. If there is anything ungrammatical in my post, please correct it. I am grateful for your help.

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    #2

    Re: I think he's happy. It's hard to tell.

    it means that it's hard to to know, see or judge correctly whether he is happy, as the dictionary suggested.

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    #3

    Re: I think he's happy. It's hard to tell.

    Kadioguy, say:

    A friend told it to me.
    Last edited by Tarheel; 21-Oct-2020 at 17:35. Reason: Fixed text
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