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    #1

    Is that correct to say "What did you tell him for why I can not come for dinner?"

    Hi everyone,

    I would like to ask is that correct to say " What did you tell him for why I can not come for dinner?"

    Thanks!!

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    Re: Is that correct to say "What did you tell him for why I can not come for dinner?"

    Quote Originally Posted by anwonder View Post
    Hi everyone,

    I would like to ask is that correct to say " What did you tell him for why I can not come for dinner?"

    Thanks!!
    No it isn't. You possibly mean, "What reason did you give him for my (or me) not coming to dinner?"

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    Re: Is that correct to say "What did you tell him for why I can not come for dinner?"

    I agree with what Rymott wrote, but feel that you might hear your sentence in informal conversation,(with can't rather than cannot).

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