“Can’t tell”: idiom meaning.

Can’t tell
You can say you “can’t tell” when you can’t be sure about something. There is not enough information for you to be certain about it or/and you have some doubts.

Other examples of “can’t tell” idiom in a sentence

  • I can’t tell if she’s lying or telling the truth.
  • I can’t tell if it it’s a square or a circle.
  • -Do you think it’s his wife in the photo? – I can’t tell. The photo is not clear.

“Can’t tell”: use in context explanation

The woman and her friend are driving around in the car, looking for some shops open so they can boost up their moods. Suddenly the woman spots something that looks like a shoe shop but it’s very far. She asks her friend if she can see it. The friend pulls out a pair of binoculars so that she can see better, but the shop is too far and she can’t tell if it’s really a shoe shop. They have to drive closer to it to see it better.