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What does 出来 mean in this sentence: 真看不出来你是外国人?

Doesn't 出来 mean "come out of ..."?

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看不出来 in Chinese is used as a phrase. It means it does not look like. –  einverne Jun 7 at 12:36
    
I would say 真看不出你是外国人 is more common. –  Kiddy Jun 9 at 14:36

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看出来 is idiom for "appear to"

so 看不出来 means "appear not to be"

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"真看不出来你是外国人?" means that you don't look like foreigners.
It is better to use "真看不出你是外国人。"
If translated directly,
真Really
看不出can't tell
你you
是are
外国人foreigners

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For me it's the same with or without 来. It doesn't make much difference. The usage is probably regional or personal.

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It means "cannot tell..."

Here in this sentence, 看不出来 should be comprehended together. 看不出来 equals to 看不出.

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I'd translate the phrase 看不出来 as 'can't tell' or 'can't make out', as in 'I can't make out what that says', if there's a sign and you can see the sign (the 看 bit) but not what is written on it (the reading sense of 看 plus 不出来, a negative resultative complement to say that it is not being revealed). In the original sentence you give, it would be best translated into English as 'You really can't tell (or I really couldn't tell) that you're (or you were) foreign.'

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出来

CC-CEDICT

(after a verb, indicates coming out, completion of an action, or ability to discern or detect)

KEY

... out (verb complement indicating achievement or completion of a task, e.g., 打出來/打出来 dǎ chūlai "type out", "hammer out [sth on a typewriter or word processor]")

I think KEYs definition here is particularly helpful if we use this to look at: 看+出来 we have see+out which is the same as 'make out'

A Chinese-English Dictionary

1 (used after a verb, indicating motion out towards the speaker) 2 (used after a verb, indicating the completion of an action) 3 (used after a verb, indicating revealing, detecting, etc.)

Oxford

表由隐蔽到显露 [used after a verb indicating revealing]

出来 has a lot of uses but the general idea is, exactly like the word indicates, coming out.

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