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    Default mustn't or can't ?

    You ............. travel to America without an entry visa.
    a) can't b) mustn't c) had to

    Thanks in advance.

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    Default Re: mustn't or can't ?

    Quote Originally Posted by nado92 View Post
    You ............. travel to America without an entry visa.
    a) can't b) mustn't c) had to

    Thanks in advance.
    Which word would you insert?

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    Default Re: mustn't or can't ?

    Quote Originally Posted by amigos4 View Post
    Which word would you insert?
    can't if the speaker is a friend.

    mustn't if the speaker is a official.

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    Default Re: mustn't or can't ?

    Quote Originally Posted by nado92 View Post
    can't if the speaker is a friend.

    mustn't if the speaker is a official.
    Nado, 'mustn't' isn't used very often in the US. 'Can't' is used more often than 'mustn't'.

    See Changing the mood of a sentence (modals) - english-at-home.com for clarification.

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    Default Re: mustn't or can't ?

    Quote Originally Posted by amigos4 View Post
    Nado, 'mustn't' isn't used very often in the US. 'Can't' is used more often than 'mustn't'.

    See Changing the mood of a sentence (modals) - english-at-home.com for clarification.
    "Must'nt" is used quite a lot in BrE, though!

    However, in this example, I would choose "can't". They could have worded the sentence a little better by saying "You can't ENTER America without a visa", as opposed to "go to America". However, these days it's also true that you can't "go to" (ie travel to) America without a visa because airlines wouldn't actually allow you on the plane without the relevant documentation for entry.

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    Default Re: mustn't or can't ?

    thank you all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    "Must'nt" is used quite a lot in BrE, though!
    emsr2d2, I am curious. In BrE is the first 't' in mustn't pronounced or, as in the US, it is silent?

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    Quote Originally Posted by amigos4 View Post
    emsr2d2, I am curious. In BrE is the first 't' in mustn't pronounced or, as in the US, it is silent?
    It's silent. (Sadly, the way a lot of people speak these days, the second one is silent too!)

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    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    It's silent. (Sadly, the way a lot of people speak these days, the second one is silent too!)
    All the more reason to use 'can't' instead of 'mustn't'!!!!

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    Default Re: mustn't or can't ?

    Isn't mustn't more of a moral imperative? You mustn't say such things! You mustn't go to a dinner party without a hostess gift. You mustn't touch this cake before our guests come over.

    While can't is an impossibility? You simply are unable to do it.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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