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    "I thank God that he enabled me to save this amount of money but I'm sad I could not afford taking my wife and son with me."

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    Cops say mom admits to suffocating her two young children, then putting them in her car in a South Carolina river. Mom now facing murder charges! Cops say she told them she couldn't afford to feed the boys. Nancy Grace has the latest breaking news, 8 & 10 p.m. ET on HLN!

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    afford - definition of afford by Macmillan Dictionary
    Afford is never followed by a verb in the -ing form. Use an infinitive:

    ✗ What about people who cannot afford going to these kind of centres?
    ✓ What about people who cannot afford to go to these kind of centres?
    ✗ The army can afford buying up to 10 tanks a year.
    ✓ The army can afford to buy up to 10 tanks a year.


    How about couldn’t afford? Isn't couldn’t afford the past form of can't afford? I learned from the above texts that couldn’t afford can be followed either by gerund or infinitive.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Odessa Dawn View Post



    "I thank God that he enabled me to save this amount of money but I'm sad I could not afford taking my wife and son with me."

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    How about couldn’t afford? Isn't couldn’t afford the past form of can't afford? I learned from the above texts that couldn’t afford can be followed either by gerund or infinitive.

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    Hello,


    1. Yes, you are 100% correct: "couldn't afford" is the past of "can't afford."

    2. The text that you cited is, I feel, incorrect. The writer should have written:

    I could not afford to take my wife and son.
    I couldn't afford to take my wife and son.

    3. Please remember that native speakers do not necessarily always write correctly in their first language.


    James

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