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    Lightbulb the meaning of "can and will"

    Dear all,

    The following is a version of Miranda Warning, which is read aloud by a police officer to the suspect.

    "You are under arrest. You have the right to remain silent. Anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law. You have the right to an attorny. If you cannot afford an attorny, one will be provided for you. Do you understand the rights I have just read to you? With these rights in mind, do you wish to speak to me? "

    I'd like to ask about the use of "can and will" in bold. Why are both used here? I think "can" implies a possibility of fifty-fifty, while "will" means 100 pecent. In the comtext above, It seems to me just saying "Anything you say can be used against you" is good enough.

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    Last edited by optimistic pessimist; 13-Jul-2015 at 14:50.

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    Re: the meaning of "can and will"

    If you want to shorten it, then say "anything you say will be used against you."

    This is not about possibility, per se, but is about having the ability (it can be, they are allowed by law to use your statements in court) and the will to do so (they will use your statements against you).

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    Re: the meaning of "can and will"

    Quote Originally Posted by optimistic pessimist View Post
    I think "can" implies a possibility of fifty-fifty
    It is used for various things such as ability, permission, etc. Here, as SoothingDave says, it means that they have the right to do this, a right they will exercise.

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    Re: the meaning of "can and will"

    There is little chance that anything one says will be used against them. Most of it will be irrelevant. But at any time, something one says "can" be used against them.

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