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    meaning of tell off

    what is the meaning of 'tell off'... when do we use that . pls give me a contxt

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    Re: meaning of tell off

    Quote Originally Posted by reenamma View Post
    what is the meaning of 'tell off'... when do we use that . pls give me a contxt
    reenamma, refer to the following forum guide to this expression: Tell off - English Phrasal Verb - UsingEnglish.com

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    Amigo

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    Re: meaning of tell off


    In Tell off - English Phrasal Verb - UsingEnglish.com "chide" is a bit of a hard word though. Perhaps "reprimand" would be easier - longer, but easier...? The 'talk to someone angrily...' periphrasis is good though.

    Also, 'tell off' can take an object complement ( - I still have a lot to learn about formal grammar...) after "for":

    "Don't tread on the flower-beds. Archie will tell you off if you do."
    and
    "Archie told me off for walking on the flower-beds."

    b

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