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    can't and couldn't

    in imaginary context:
    I couldn't live in the country. I would hate it. (Now I live in city.)

    Is it possible I use "can't" in imaginary context?
    I can't live in the country. I would hate it.

    are "can't" and "couldn't" interchangeable in unrealistic sense?

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    Re: can't and couldn't

    Not with 'I would hate it'.

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    Re: can't and couldn't

    Quote Originally Posted by Dungeon View Post
    in imaginary context:
    I couldn't live in the country. I would hate it. (Now I live in city.)

    Is it possible I use "can't" in imaginary context?
    I can't live in the country. I would hate it.

    are "can't" and "couldn't" interchangeable in unrealistic sense?
    You don't use 'can't' with a conditional, 'would'.
    You can say, "I can't live in the country. I hate it."

    "I would do it if I could."

    "I will do it if I can."

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