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    #1

    or

    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.

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    #2

    Re: or

    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.

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