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    How many meanings does the below sentence have?

    Hi,

    Can anyone help? I am trying to work out the number of meanings the below sentence can have depending on the tone of voice and context.

    "Can I not celebrate my birthday please?

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    Re: How many meanings does the below sentence have?

    I'll start

    1 May I celebrate it?
    2 Will you stop ruining things and let me get on with my celbrations
    3 You don't want to let me celebrate it, but can I

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    4 [I'm sick of celebrating other peoples' birthdays.] Can I not celebrate mine [for a change]?
    5 [The Government is banning celebrations.] Can't I even celebrate my birthday?



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