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    #1

    if I can't

    Dear teachers,

    I will see if I can't make something.

    Could you please explain the difference between "I will see if I can make something" and the above sentence?

    Looking forward to hearing from you.
    Thank you in advance.

    Jiang

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    Re: if I can't

    I'm not a teacher!

    If you want to get this question answered you have to post some context here because it's absolute unclear in which situation you want to use these sentences.

    E.g. You want to make cappuccino. You start to make it. Imagine that you have never ever done it before. At the end you will see whether you can make cappuccino or not. In this case it doesn't matter whether you use the negation or not. You will see it anyway.

    Otherwise: 'I will see if I can make something.' could have the meaning that you can do nothing and at last you want to try to do smth. That's why the context is very important!

    But I suppose you want to say smth. like this: 'We will see if I can make something' with the meaning 'We will see if I could handle it'.

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    Re: if I can't

    Quote Originally Posted by jiang View Post
    Dear teachers,

    I will see if I can't make something.

    Could you please explain the difference between "I will see if I can make something" and the above sentence?

    Looking forward to hearing from you.
    Thank you in advance.

    Jiang
    It's just another way of saying "I'll see if I am able to..."

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    Re: if I can't

    We have in English a few odd idiomatic expressions, usually in informal speech, that appear to defy reasonable explanation. "I'll see if I can't ..." with the meaning of "I'll see if I can ..." is one of them. Another is "I wouldn't be surprised if X didn't ...", meaning "I wouldn't be surprised if X did ...".

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