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    "Afford" with no money involved

    Hello.

    1. Can we use the word "afford" when we talk not only about money but other options like behaviour etc.?
    For example: I cannot afford to talk to my boss like that.
    I found some sentences that had nothing to do with financial abilities but what is important for me is whether it sounds natural or not.

    2. If it is OK to use it that way shall we use only the infinitive or the gerund is also possible? (i.e. ... afford talkig to him like that )

    Thank you in advance.

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    Re: "Afford" with no money involved

    1. Yes, it's fine.
    2. Use the "to" infinitive.

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    Re: "Afford" with no money involved

    I am not a teacher.

    Yes, you can use 'afford' without it having anything to do with money. In the sense of 'not having enough of something, the resource you're short of could be time.

    It can also be used to talk about a risk, as in 'I can't afford to be late for work again. I'll lose my job.'

    It is followed by the infinitive.

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