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  1. jwschang
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    Quote Originally Posted by RonBee
    I don't know who is smarter between us,
    But men are from Mars and women are from Venus.
    :wink:
    Earthians are therefore neither men nor women. :D

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    Quote Originally Posted by jwschang
    Quote Originally Posted by RonBee
    I don't know who is smarter between us,
    But men are from Mars and women are from Venus.
    :wink:
    Earthians are therefore neither men nor women. :D

    Men are Thursday (Thor) and Women are Friday (Friga). Both are weekly. :D

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    I'm sure there is a cheap answer in there, but will refrain.


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    Re: grammar

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    Is the sentence 'You can't have seen him last week. He was in New York' correct? Shouldn't it be 'couldn't' instead of 'can't' since it is 'last month'?
    I think the "can't have + past participle" form is used mostly in British English. I would wait for a BE speaker to comment on that.

    It exists in American English, but as I can recall, it's not something I've heard or read often at all.

    Here is a link to that form on a grammar site.

    It also has a relatively small amount of hits on Google. The form exists, but it's simply not something one often encounters in Amercan English. I think your best bet is to stick with "couldn't have + past participle". This is the form that you will mostly come across in reading and conversation, I would say. Actually, that is what I say.

    "This is the form that you will mostly come across in reading and conversation, I would say. Actually, that is what I say. "

    What difference in meaning does it make if i say:
    I would say.
    I will say.

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    Can't have + past participle is commonly used in British English. We use it when we are sure about the past action.

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    Re:
    • I would say.

    The speaker is talking about a habit or something that is likely to happen. Example: "That's what I would say."
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    • I will say.

    The speaker is making a prediction. (Not very likely to be used.)

    :)

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