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    Default You can't judge her on such short acquaintance.

    You can't judge her on such short acquaintance.


    In the sentence, does 'can't' mean 'aren't able to' or 'shouldn't'.


    I am trying to translate this sentence correctly and would appreciate it very much if anyone could make it clear for me. Sorry there is no context. It's an example from a dictionary.

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    Default Re: You can't judge her on such short acquaintance.

    It could convey either meaning. It is impossible to tell without more context - even then, the intended meaning may not be absolutely clear. A careful writer/speaker would use another word/phrase.
    Last edited by 5jj; 18-Jan-2012 at 08:09. Reason: typo
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    Default Re: You can't judge her on such short acquaintance.

    Thanks a lot!

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    Default Re: You can't judge her on such short acquaintance.

    I think it means you are not able to (successfully) arrive at a judgment about her without knowing her better.

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