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  1. B45
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    Couldn't you just do it with two separate withdrawals. VS Can't you just do it wit

    The bank clerk says sorry we need your passport for any withdrawals over $2000. And I ask:

    Couldn't you just do it with two separate withdrawals.

    VS

    Can't you just do it with two separate withdrawals.

    And

    Couldn't we just do it with two separate withdrawals.

    VS

    Can't we just do it with two separate withdrawals.


    Can both be used here? And is couldn't considered past tense here or is it a polite request?

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    Re: Couldn't you just do it with two separate withdrawals. VS Can't you just do it

    I would eliminate the last two because this is really not a "we" function. The first two are fine. Couldn't is used to be polite.

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    Re: Couldn't you just do it with two separate withdrawals. VS Can't you just do it

    Can we also say: in separate withdrawals?

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    Re: Couldn't you just do it with two separate withdrawals. VS Can't you just do it

    That would not mean two.

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    Re: Couldn't you just do it with two separate withdrawals. VS Can't you just do it

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    That would not mean two.
    Why is that "with separate withdrawal" means two but not "in separate withdrawals"?
    It is common to say : you settle payment in instalments, which means in separate payments.

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    Re: Couldn't you just do it with two separate withdrawals. VS Can't you just do it

    It is two separate withdrawals that mean two.

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