how to pronounce telling


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telling is pronounced in two syllables

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An example use of telling in a speech by a native speaker of american english:

“… why bothered why bother telling my story …”

meanings of telling


  1. Counting, numbering.
  2. The act of narration.
  3. Ability to determine.
  4. The disclosure of information.


  1. Having force, or having a marked effect; weighty, effective.
  2. Revealing information; bearing significance.
  3. Serving to convince.


  1. Present participle of tell.

telling frequency in english - A2 level of CEFR

the word telling occurs in english on average 104.4 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for A2 level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.

topics telling can be related to

it is hard to perfectly classify words into specific topics since each word can have many context of its use, but our machine-learning models believe that telling can be often used in the following areas:

1) business and work;

2) communication, information, and media;

3) people, society, and culture;

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