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    I wont have it any longer!

    Hello.

    have
    (used in negative sentences, especially after will not, cannot, etc.) to allow sth; to accept sth without complaining: [vn] Im sick of your rudenessI wont have it any longer! [vn -ing] We cant have people arriving late all the time.


    It's okay to use can't in place of wont, isn't it?
    It's no problem to use wont instead of can't, isn't it?

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    Re: I wont have it any longer!

    Quote Originally Posted by Daruma View Post
    Hello.

    have
    (used in negative sentences, especially after will not, cannot, etc.) to allow sth; to accept sth without complaining: [vn] Im sick of your rudenessI wont have it any longer! [vn -ing] We cant have people arriving late all the time.



    It's okay to use can't in place of wont, isn't it?
    It's no problem to use wont instead of can't, isn't it?
    No, 'will not' means refusal. 'Cannot' means inability.


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    Re: I wont have it any longer!

    Although won't and can't are not interchangeable, the following sentences are perfectly grammatical, aren't they?

    - I can't have it any longer!
    - We won't have people arriving late all the time.

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    Re: I wont have it any longer!

    Quote Originally Posted by Daruma View Post
    Although won't and can't are not interchangeable, the following sentences are perfectly grammatical, aren't they?

    - I can't have it any longer!
    - We won't have people arriving late all the time.
    Yes the sentences are grammatical. No won't and can't are not interchangeable, they have different meanings.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Daruma View Post
    Hello.

    have
    (used in negative sentences, especially after will not, cannot, etc.) to allow sth; to accept sth without complaining: [vn] I’m sick of your rudeness—I won’t have it any longer! [vn -ing] We can’t have people arriving late all the time.


    It's okay to use can't in place of won’t, isn't it?
    It's no problem to use won’t instead of can't, isn't it?
    Yes, you can use "can't" in place of "won't", but the meaning changes. If you use "can't" in place of "wont" here, the meaning becomes "not acceptable". If you use "won't", the meaning, quite emphatically, is "we refuse to accept this" or "we refuse to tolerate it".

    I can't go along with this any longer. - In a sentence like this, "can't" means that the speaker finds something unacceptable, most likely on moral or ethical grounds. Strictly speaking of ability, the speaker actually can go along with it, but something prevents the speaker from doing so. In this expression, it's most likely his or her conscience.

    I won't go along with this. - This is a statement of one's refusal, most likely for the same reasons as I indicated above. For practical purposes, using "can't" or "won't" with the expression "go along with" does little to change the meaning of what one is communicating.

    I hope this helps you understand better.

    Last edited by PROESL; 08-Aug-2009 at 20:05. Reason: modality, can't or won't


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    Re: I wont have it any longer!

    have
    (used in negative sentences, especially after will not, cannot, etc.) to allow sth; to accept sth without complaining: [vn] Im sick of your rudenessI wont have it any longer! [vn -ing] We cant have people arriving late all the time.


    Is this use of "have" very common?

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    Re: I wont have it any longer!

    Quote Originally Posted by Daruma View Post
    have
    (used in negative sentences, especially after will not, cannot, etc.) to allow sth; to accept sth without complaining: [vn] Im sick of your rudenessI wont have it any longer! [vn -ing] We cant have people arriving late all the time.


    Is this use of "have" very common?
    Yes, it's common enough.

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