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    Default You ________ post and edit your threads.

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    Who thinks it's incorrect to use "can" in place of "may" in the above sentences?

    Anyone?

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    Default Re: You ________ post and edit your threads.

    I don't.

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    Default Re: You ________ post and edit your threads.

    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    I don't.

    That's great!

    What a relief......



    But just one thing - For you, the meaning remains the same with either one in this case? Yes?

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    Default Re: You ________ post and edit your threads.

    In my opinion it doesn't really matter they both mean the same thing but "may" is a more formal way of saying it, so if you want to be formal say "may" if not say "can"

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    Default Re: You ________ post and edit your threads.

    They are not quite the same - You may post and edit = you are permitted to do this; you can post and edit = it is possible to do these things.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Anglika View Post
    They are not quite the same - You may post and edit = you are permitted to do this; you can post and edit = it is possible to do these things.
    This, of course, is what our parents tell us, but it's awfully common to ask "Can I...?" when asking permission.

    That aside, in this specific case the forum software actually makes it impossible to do anything you are not also permitted to do, so from that point of view, "You can..." would be just as true as "You may..."

    Some people think "may" can sound a little condescending: "I, magnaminous and gracious as I am, do hereby grant you, cowering mortal, out of the goodness of my own heart, permission to post a new thread."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Anglika View Post
    They are not quite the same - You may post and edit = you are permitted to do this; you can post and edit = it is possible to do these things.
    Out of curiosity, Anglika, where did you get that from?

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    From my very respected teachers and many years of dealing with authors.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Anglika View Post
    From my very respected teachers and many years of dealing with authors.
    It's the morning now, the light shines on their words. Do you still respect them?

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