#1020 ◆オバマ大統領のそっくりさんCMに登場 ◆"Tell Me"と"How Can You Tell"の違い
Hi, I’m Sarah, welcome to The Daily English Show. Today we’re studying another scene from the movie 21.
Not that I’m suggesting that you actually watch this movie, just this scene. I think it’s a good one to study the word tell. You can find this scene on their site by the way. It’s clip number 3.
This is the situation. It’s in a casino and some men are watching another guy playing a game at the casino. They’re watching him on a security camera.
The guy who’s playing the game is winning. And the men that are watching are trying to find out if he’s just lucky or if he’s cheating somehow. One man, Cole, says: He’s not running the progressive system. He doubled on ten when the debt was heavy but didn’t on eleven when it got lighter. I don’t really know what that means, but the other guy, Clark, says: How can you tell if it’s heavy or light? And Cole replies: I’m counting.
And then Clark says: Tell me something Cole, if you could count that well, why are you still consulting for us?
So he has used the word tell in two different ways.
Most students I’ve taught know that tell means this:to give information to sb by speaking or writing. For example: He told me that he was coming to the party.
And in the scene when he says: Tell me something Cole … he’s asking for some information, which is the answer to his question.
But tell has other meanings too, such as:to know, see or judge sth correctly and to distinguish one thing or person from another.
For example: I could tell she was annoyed from the expression on her face. That means:I knew she was annoyed because of how her face looked. It doesn’t mean: I’m going to tell someone that she was annoyed.
In the movie, the man says: How can you tell if it’s heavy or light? That means, how do you know or how can you correctly judge if it’s heavy or light?
So do you know the difference between these two sentences? It’s hard to tell if she’s angry. It’s hard to tell her if she’s angry.
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Word of the Day
Today’s word is hustle.
A guy in the scene says: Let’s just say I like being on your side of the hustle.
So what does hustle mean?
Hustle has a few different meanings. He’s using the word is an informal way and it says here the informal meanings arechiefly American English.