Hi there,
Could someone please explain me what is the meaning of "Do tell" ?
I saw it using in conversations.
Thanks.
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Anonymous:
Actually I think we use ( Do or does in the present ) & ( did in the past ) before the normal verbs as an emphatic verb before the main verb ... for example .. :
-I do tell the truth .
-They do elope to UAE .
- He does tell me his name .
- she did cut the thread . ( note we use the present form for the main verb after "did" )
"Do" + verb is a way of asking someone to do something. It emphasises how much you want them to do it, and has the sense that you are trying to persuade them.

"Do tell" = Please tell me/us about this thing (whatever it is); we'd really like to know.

Similarly:

"I'm having a party next week. Do come!" = I really hope you can come / I'd really like you to come.
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untoldpainCould someone please explain me what is the meaning of "Do tell" ?
I saw heard it using used in conversations.
I don't hear this expression much where I live -- not as much as I used to, anyway. To me it means "Isn't that the truth!" That is, it is an expression of enthusiatic agreement with what has just been said, or maybe even an expression that what has been said is almost obviously true.

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CalifJimI don't hear this expression much where I live -- not as much as I used to, anyway. To me it means "Isn't that the truth!"
Right, I've never heard that expression.
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There's an interesting entry and commentary in [url=http://www.merrycoz.org/voices/bartlett/AMER05.HTM#d ]THE DICTIONARY OF AMERICANISMS (1848)[/url]:

DO TELL! A vulgar exclamation common tn New England, and synonymous with really! indeed! is it possible!

A bright-eyed little demoiselle from Virginia came running into the dairy of a country house in New Hampshire, at which her mother was spending the summer, with a long story about a most beautiful butterfly she had been chasing; and the dairy maid, after hearing the story through, exclaimed, "Do tell!" The child immediately repeated the story, and the good-natured maid, after hearing it through a second time, exclaimed again, in a tone of still greater wonder, "Do tell!" A third time the story was told, and the third time came the exclamation of wonder, "Do tell!" The child's spirits were dashed, and she went to her mother with a sad tale....
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Anonymous:
two potential meanings of "do tell"

#1 - an expression of conversational exchange similar to any of the following

(pretty much a rhetorical recognition the other person has entered a thought into the conversation)

really,

imagine that,

I hear you,

is that so, or

#2 - a sincere questioning reponse meaning, well that sounds interesting do tell us about it.
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