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    cannot be too careful about your children's safety

    This type of expression is translated as "Even if you care about your children's safety too much, that's not enough", and can you tell me how this "cannot...too" has such meaning?

    ex)You cannot be too careful about your children's safety.

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    Re: cannot be too careful about your children's safety

    It means that there is no such thing as "too careful."

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    Re: cannot be too careful about your children's safety

    It seems to encourage you to be always careful as far as you can, but how come such "no such things as too careful" means a positive meaning?

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    Re: cannot be too careful about your children's safety

    It's hyperbole. You could keep your child indoors, away from the sun or any sharp objects and wrapped in bubble wrap. But that wouldn't be a very good life.

    But, in general, people don't like to have children come to harm, so taking all available measures for children's safety is a good thing.

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    Re: cannot be too careful about your children's safety

    Okay, hyperbole explains everything, so it means however hard you may try, it's not enough, so do as extremely as you can. Okay, I got it, thanks!!!

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