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    'Can't' in future

    Hi.Can you please tell me if using 'can't' in future is possible?

    My friend has an exam today and I think that he will be unsuccesful.I can say 'You can't pass the exam.' It's Ok.

    If my friend has an exam tomorrow and If I think that he will be unsuccesful can I say 'You will can't pass the exam tomorrow'?

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    Re: 'Can't' in future

    I am not a teacher.

    Even in the first example you are talking about the (near) future, and 'You can't pass the exam.' doesn't mean that you think he will be unsuccessful. It could mean that, with proper intonation, but it really means that it's impossible for him to pass. You could use exactly the same sentence for the exam tomorrow.

    To answer the actual question about 'can't' in the future, we would use 'be able to' and conjugate that. 'You won't be able to pass the exam tomorrow', or 'I don't think you'll be able to pass the exam tomorrow'.

    In practice we would probably just say, 'I don't think you'll pass the exam tomorrow'.

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    Re: 'Can't' in future

    Quote Originally Posted by ercantuncer View Post
    Hi.Can you please tell me if using 'can't' in future is possible?

    My friend has an exam today, and I think that he will be unsuccessful. Can I say 'You can't pass the exam' ? Is it OK?

    If my friend has an exam tomorrow, and I think that he will be unsuccessful. Can I say 'You will can't pass the exam tomorrow'?
    In both cases, you think your friend will fail (not pass the exam). Clearly, you are not optimistic about his success. (Yes, both sentences are OK. But you do need to work on your punctuation.)


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