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    Question "Can't be!" = "It's not possible!"

    "Can't be!" = "It's not possible!"

    Read this:

    POLICEMAN: They are dead!
    MOM: Can't be! Oh, my god!

    Is this correct?

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    Re: "Can't be!" = "It's not possible!"

    "Can't be" is unusual without a pronoun. In this case, "They can't be!", or about the situation, "It can't be!"
    Remember that in English, we require a subject pronoun*, unlike in the Romance languages, where you have different verb endings to signify this.
    * As a general rule; there are exceptions.

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    Re: "Can't be!" = "It's not possible!"

    Being that this is dialogue, I have no problem with the exclamation "Can't be". Raymott is correct about the grammatical need for a subject pronoun, but people don't always speak like that.
    Last edited by MikeNewYork; 23-Jun-2014 at 21:00. Reason: typo

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