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    Difference between There can't be and There isn't ?

    Hello.

    What are the difference between those sentence?


    1. There can't be many people who haven't had difficulty putting up a tent at some time


    2. There isn't many people who haven't had difficulty putting up a tent at some time

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    Re: Difference between There can't be and There isn't ?

    Quote Originally Posted by drownedbd View Post
    Hello.

    What are the difference between those sentence?


    1. There can't be many people who haven't had difficulty putting up a tent at some time


    2. There isn't many people who haven't had difficulty putting up a tent at some time
    #2 is incorrect with "isn't".

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    Re: Difference between There can't be and There isn't ?

    Quote Originally Posted by drownedbd View Post
    Hello.

    What are the differences between these sentences?


    1. There can't be many people who haven't had difficulty putting up a tent at some time.


    2. There isn't many people who haven't had difficulty putting up a tent at some time.
    Two things:

    First, #1 is grammatical. #2 is not. Isn't is singular. People is plural (for person). The verb and noun should always both be singular or both be plural.

    Second, they have different meanings.

    - There can't be means it's impossible. There can't be oak trees growing on the moon.

    - There isn't and there aren't simply mean it's not true. It might be impossible (There aren't oak trees on the moon) or possible (There isn't a TV in my apartment).

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    Re: Difference between There can't be and There isn't ?

    Though it is an assumption about the impossibility here- the person doesn't know it for a fact.

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