Fill in and Tell

Fill in

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Fill in verb – To give information to.
Usage example: my friend quickly filled me in on the portion of the movie that I had missed

Tell is a synonym for fill in in answer in writing topic. In some cases you can use "Tell" instead a verb "Fill in".
Synonyms for Fill in


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Tell verb – To give information to.
Usage example: tell me, when did you begin playing the violin?

Fill in is a synonym for tell in communicate topic. You can use "Fill in" instead a verb "Tell", if it concerns topics such as inform.
Nearby Words: telling, teller
Synonyms for Tell

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  • Show, Don't Tell Noodle Incident: Writers don't even tell the details, to let imaginations fill in the gaps.
  • Show, Don't Tell Take Our Word for It: Writers describe something they can't possibly live up to by showing it, so they just tell us what it's like, and let our imaginations fill in the gaps.
  • As You Know In the first chapter Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicle, Sakura and Shaolan tell each other how they first met and for how long they've been friends, obviously to fill in the reader on their backstory.
    Source: As You Know
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