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    #1

    be?

    It can't be the falls.

    What does "be" mean here?

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    Re: be?

    Ignoring the fact that we don't know what "the falls" are, what is your problem with "It can't be"?
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #3

    Re: be?

    The OP also has a problem with 'to be' in this thread, to which no one has replied so far.

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    Re: be?

    I don't know put be here.

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    #5

    Re: be?

    Do you mean 'I don't know why "be" was put there?'

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    Re: be?

    If you disagree with the possibility that someone/something is something, then your response would be "It can't be ...".

    The earth is flat.
    It can't be! I've seen a photo from space and it's round.

    My brother is 38.
    He can't be 38. He looks like he's about 21.

    The English exam is today.
    It can't be today! I'm not ready. I thought it was tomorrow.

    It works the same as any other verb. After "can't" we use the bare infinitive.

    Your quote works the same way. Perhaps someone suggested that they could see "the falls" (a waterfall?) but the speaker thinks they are wrong, so they say "It can't be the falls". They probably go on to explain why they think so.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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