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    I can't stand that

    Dear English Masters,

    I have three questions.

    First,

    I can't stand that~~~
    I can't stand the fact that~~~

    Are they both usable? I want to use the first one because the second one sounds a bit stiff.
    I want to know if it's OK.

    Second,

    If there are two things I can't stand. How can I connect the two?

    Is "nor that" a possible option like I used below?

    "I can't stand that my emotions are always trampled on and taken as a symptom of my mental illness, nor that my parents have to go through such a misery because of me."


    Lastly, could anyone please tell me how the whole sentence looks in terms of its structure and grammar?

    Thank you.

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    Re: I can't stand that

    Quote Originally Posted by rainous View Post
    Dear English Masters,

    I have three questions.

    First,

    I can't stand that~~~
    I can't stand the fact that~~~

    Are they both usable? I want to use the first one because the second one sounds a bit stiff. I want to know if it's OK.
    Both are OK. The second may be "stiff" but OK if you are speaking about a fact.

    Second,

    If there are two things I can't stand. How can I connect the two? I can't stand rude people and rainy weather.

    Is "nor that" a possible option like I used below? No. See below.

    "I can't stand that my emotions are always trampled on and taken as a symptom of my mental illness, nor that and that my parents have to go through such a misery because of me."


    Lastly, could anyone please tell me how the whole sentence looks in terms of its structure and grammar? It's OK w/revisions.

    Thank you.
    b.

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    Re: I can't stand that

    Thank you for your posting.

    I have a quetion though.

    Speaking of "nor that", I am curious to know why it is wrong to use the phrase in the

    sentence I gave while it seems to be working fine in another sentence I found on

    the web, which seems to have a similar structure.



    "I do not believe that individual freedom is the most important right, nor that the free market cures all social ills."

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    Re: I can't stand that

    Quote Originally Posted by rainous View Post
    Thank you for your posting.

    I have a quetion though.

    Speaking of "nor that", I am curious to know why it is wrong to use the phrase in the

    sentence I gave while it seems to be working fine in another sentence I found on

    the web, which seems to have a similar structure.



    "I do not believe that individual freedom is the most important right, nor that the free market cures all social ills."
    As I was preparing my response and re-reading your original example, I am inclined to ask, what is the "symptom" of the speaker's mental illness and/or "taken" by whom?. I ask this because, depending on your response, I might see another problem with your example.

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    Re: I can't stand that

    Quote Originally Posted by billmcd View Post
    As I was preparing my response and re-reading your original example, I am inclined to ask, what is the "symptom" of the speaker's mental illness and/or "taken" by whom?. I ask this because, depending on your response, I might see another problem with your example.
    I meant:

    Rather than being respected, the speaker's emotions are being treated and conceived (by people around or people in general) as a symptom of mental illness because of the speaker's prior medical history.

    And that's one of the two things the speaker couldn't take anymore.
    Last edited by rainous; 15-Oct-2011 at 06:38.

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