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    #1

    "You can't be asking too many questions."

    Kindly read this sentence: "You can't be asking too many questions."

    So, I'm guessing you can't phrase the sentence that way. My question is -- why? And what is the correct way to say it? The reason I'm guessing it's wrong is because "can't be asking too many questions" generates a few results in google search (less than 4 pages) and 0 results when searching in google books.

    Thanks!
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    Re: "You can't be asking too many questions."

    You will hear this colloquially. It's a way of warning somebody not to ask too many questions, or reminding them what they shouldn't do.

    Another variant is "Don't be asking too many questions."

    However, I suspect that may not be your intended meaning. What is it you're trying to express?

    Edit. If you're trying to encourage someone to ask a lot of questions, then you could say "You can't ask too many questions."

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    Re: "You can't be asking too many questions."

    Welcome to the forum, Owl.

    Please tell us where you encountered this sentence.

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    #4

    Re: "You can't be asking too many questions."

    Quote Originally Posted by Skrej View Post
    If you're trying to encourage someone to ask a lot of questions, then you could say "You can't ask too many questions."
    As you want the listener to ask, why do you say 'You can't ask'?

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    #5

    Re: "You can't be asking too many questions."

    The "can't" applies to "too many".

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    Re: "You can't be asking too many questions."

    Please correct the information in your profile, Owl5000.

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    #7

    Re: "You can't be asking too many questions."

    Quote Originally Posted by Skrej View Post
    You will hear this colloquially. It's a way of warning somebody not to ask too many questions, or reminding them what they shouldn't do.

    Another variant is "Don't be asking too many questions."

    However, I suspect that may not be your intended meaning. What is it you're trying to express?

    Edit. If you're trying to encourage someone to ask a lot of questions, then you could say "You can't ask too many questions."
    So I take it it's correct colloquially. I suppose I am trying to say something like the other variant you mentioned: "Don't be asking too many questions", as in: "Don't be asking too many questions, because it makes you look suspicious when you do so."

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    Welcome to the forum, Owl.

    Please tell us where you encountered this sentence.
    Thanks!

    As to where I encountered it, it's actually a sentence I'm trying to write. I ended up writing "You are asking more questions than is good for you." Might change it, though.

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    Please correct the information in your profile, Owl5000.
    Done.

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