English: tell

English verb 'tell' conjugated in all tenses

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Nominal Forms

Infinitive: to tell
Participle: told
Gerund: telling

Indicative

Present

Itell
youtell
he;she;ittells
wetell
youtell
theytell

Perfect

Ihave told
youhave told
he;she;ithas told
wehave told
youhave told
theyhave told

Past

Itold
youtold
he;she;ittold
wetold
youtold
theytold

Pluperfect

Ihad told
youhad told
he;she;ithad told
wehad told
youhad told
theyhad told

Future

Iwill tell
youwill tell
he;she;itwill tell
wewill tell
youwill tell
theywill tell

Future perfect

Iwill have told
youwill have told
he;she;itwill have told
wewill have told
youwill have told
theywill have told

Subjunctive

Present

Itell
youtell
he;she;ittell
wetell
youtell
theytell

Perfect

Ihave told
youhave told
he;she;ithave told
wehave told
youhave told
theyhave told

Imperfect

Itold
youtold
he;she;ittold
wetold
youtold
theytold

Pluperfect

Ihad told
youhad told
he;she;ithad told
wehad told
youhad told
theyhad told

Conditional

Present

Iwould tell
youwould tell
he;she;itwould tell
wewould tell
youwould tell
theywould tell

Perfect

Iwould have told
youwould have told
he;she;itwould have told
wewould have told
youwould have told
theywould have told

Imperative

youtell
weLet's tell
youtell

Progressive (Continuous) Forms

Indicative

Present

Iam telling
youare telling
he;she;itis telling
weare telling
youare telling
theyare telling

Perfect

Ihave been telling
youhave been telling
he;she;ithas been telling
wehave been telling
youhave been telling
theyhave been telling

Past

Iwas telling
youwere telling
he;she;itwas telling
wewere telling
youwere telling
theywere telling

Pluperfect

Ihad been telling
youhad been telling
he;she;ithad been telling
wehad been telling
youhad been telling
theyhad been telling

Future

Iwill be telling
youwill be telling
he;she;itwill be telling
wewill be telling
youwill be telling
theywill be telling

Future perfect

Iwill have been telling
youwill have been telling
he;she;itwill have been telling
wewill have been telling
youwill have been telling
theywill have been telling

Conditional

Present

Iwould be telling
youwould be telling
he;she;itwould be telling
wewould be telling
youwould be telling
theywould be telling

Perfect

Iwould have been telling
youwould have been telling
he;she;itwould have been telling
wewould have been telling
youwould have been telling
theywould have been telling

Verbs conjugated like tell

foretell, resell, retell, sell, tell, undersell,

Additional Information

Cf. Old English sellan (sell) and tellan (tell).

Etymology

O.E. tellan "to reckon, calculate, consider, account," from P.Gmc. *taljanan "to mention in order" (cf. O.S. tellian, O.N. telja, O.Fris. tella "to count, tell," Du. tellen "to count, reckon," O.S. talon "to count, reckon," Dan. tale "to speak," O.H.G. zalon, Ger. zählen "to count, reckon"), from base *talo (see tale). Meaning "to narrate, relate" is from c.1000; that of "to make known by speech or writing, announce" is from c.1122. Sense of "to reveal or disclose" is from c.1400; that of "to act as an informer, to 'peach' " is recorded from 1901. Meaning "to order (someone to do something)" is from 1599. Original sense in teller and phrase to tell time. For sense evolution, cf. Fr. conter "to count," raconter "to recount;" It. contare, Sp. contar "to count, recount, narrate;" Ger. zählen "to count," erzählen "to recount, narrate."
"I tolde hyme so, & euer he seyde nay." [Thomas Hoccleve, "The Regiment of Princes," c.1412]
Telling "having effect or force" is from 1852.