Can you or I help them?
1-Yes, you can, but I can't.
2-No, you can, but I can't.
Which of the sentences 1 or 2 could be an answer to the question?
I think each of them can work in depending on the context.
If the qustion means: 'Do BOTH of us have the ability to help them?', then 2 would be correct.
It the question means: 'Can ONE of us help them?', then 1 would be correct.
Last edited by navi tasan; 02-Sep-2005 at 17:54.
The question, "Can you or I help?" has my brian spinning. Would native speakers use that structure? What about, and this is just as awkward:
Son: Can you help, or can I help?
Father: Yes, it's OK, Max. You can help, but I can't.
Daughter: Can you help, or can I help?
Mother: No, it's OK, Max. You can help, but I can't.