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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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    Quote Originally Posted by jiang
    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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    • 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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