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Can I use 'can' to imply that something is happening right now at this moment in the following sentence?
Look,there is a fight just outside the pub. The situation is getting out of hand.
Would it be possible to say '' Look, there is a fight just outside the pub. The situation can get out of hand. '' to suggest that the situation is getting out of hand, in other words that this is happening right now or is just '' The situation is getting out of hand. '' appropriate in this context?
Last edited by Joern Matthias; 03-Jan-2013 at 02:36.
No. Using can suggests it might happen, not that it is happening.
I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.