Cannot you tell that?

This is such a great way to say “You don’t know that? How can you not know that?” Because it’s not about the KNOWING – it’s the TELLING. Many a person will shame another person with the “Don’t you know that?” which always has an undercurrent of “What’s wrong with you? Why are you so stupid?”
Whereas “Cannot you tell that?” even though it essentially means the same thing could have a layer of remove. That is, you may know something but cannot say it. You know the answer but cannot tell it.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.