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    Default I can't stand you.

    If a child is very naughty. When the child is misbehaving, is it natural for us to say "I can't stand you."?

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    Default Re: I can't stand you.

    NO!

    I don't like the way you are behaving at all right now!
    Your behavior is making me very angry!

    But not "I hate you" (which is what "I can't stand you" means). That's a horrible thing to say to a child!
    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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    Default Re: I can't stand you.

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    NO!

    I don't like the way you are behaving at all right now!
    Your behavior is making me very angry!

    But not "I hate you" (which is what "I can't stand you" means). That's a horrible thing to say to a child!
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    I'm sorry. I don't know "I can't stand you" means "I hate you". I read the following context from "A Farewell to Arms" by Ernest Hemingways.

    He was a ligitmate hereo who bored everyone. Catherine could not stand him.

    Some people would say "I can't stand it". I thought that "I can't stand you" has similiar meaning.
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    Default Re: I can't stand you.

    I cannot abide it. I cannot bear it. Experiencing this is more than I am able to accept.
    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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