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    I don't know when I can come back to driving

    Is "can" the correct choice here, or should I use "be able to":
    I don't know when I can come back to driving.
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    I don't know when I will be able to come back to driving.

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    Re: I don't know when I can come back to driving

    "Come back to driving" isn't natural so it's very hard to say what would be correct for the rest of the sentence.

    Are you a driver (as your job) who has for some reason been unable to go to work for a while, due to sickness or something similar, and you are trying to say that you don't know when you will be able to return to work?
    Have you been banned from driving by the police or the courts and you don't know when you will be allowed to drive again legally?
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: I don't know when I can come back to driving

    I had an accident and I broke my arm. What's more, now I'm afraid of driving.

    I don't know when I will be able to drive again.

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    Re: I don't know when I can come back to driving

    Physically - "I don't know when I'll be able to drive again."
    Mentally/emotionally - "I don't know when I'll feel able to drive again" or "I don't know when I'll be confident enough to drive again."
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: I don't know when I can come back to driving

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    "Come back to driving" isn't natural so it's very hard to say what would be correct for the rest of the sentence.

    Are you a driver (as your job) who has for some reason been unable to go to work for a while, due to sickness or something similar, and you are trying to say that you don't know when you will be able to return to work?
    Have you been banned from driving by the police or the courts and you don't know when you will be allowed to drive again legally?
    This may be a case of the difference between Ame and Bre, or, it may be that the phrase is only used among professional drivers. As a former professional driver, I found this statement to be very natural. While talking to a nephew yesterday he asked me the same question.

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