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tell the time

This page is about the collocation tell the time

collocation pattern: verb + noun

Meaning

to be able to look at a clock, a sundial, stars, etc. and know what time it is

For example

  • Can your little boy tell the time yet?

  • Ancient Egyptians told the time by looking at sundials.

Note:
Also "tell time" (Am. English)

Quick Quiz

He said "Can you tell the time?", and I said

a. "Yes. Can you?"

b. "No, thank you."

c. "It's half past one."

Contributor: Matt Errey