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    Hello
    Could you believe that I go to English class and study CAE courses but I cannot take the exam? In fact we don't have CAE exams here in our city nor in our country. I really feel upset. Why is like that?
    IELTS and TOEFL are holding here. But I get used to FCE and CAE books and I would like to take CAE exam. I hope Cambridge takes an action soon.

    Thank you all.
    Narges

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    Re: CAE exam

    I don't know how to help you with that one, but I think your English is pretty darn good.

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    Re: CAE exam

    Quote Originally Posted by Narkses View Post
    CAN you believe that I go to English class and study CAE courses but I cannot take the exam?
    It is hard to believe, because it doesn't make sense. If you can take classes that prepare you for the exam, you ought to be able to take the exam itself.

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    You've shown me the reality. I know I'm weak in comparison to others around the world. However I am the top student in my English class. Can you believe it!

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    #5

    Re: CAE exam

    Yes, I can believe it.

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    Re: CAE exam

    Say:

    Why is that?

    And:

    I would like to take the CAE exam.

    And:

    I hope Cambridge takes action soon.

    (What would they do?)

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    Re: CAE exam

    You could travel to London to take the exam. Then you could do all those touristy things people do when they go there. Like ride a double decker bus. (Did you know that Big Ben is not named that because of the clock but because of the bell inside?)

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    Re: CAE exam

    Hmmm...
    I don't understand why you sometimes use "can" and other times use "could". I see no difference between them when I want to talk about the ability to do something. Please explain to me. Thank you.

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    Wow! Travelling to London is my dream! You know, it's the matter of money. Actually governmental issues and.. You never get what I mean. It's because you live in somewhere else and you cannot consider the play of powers. I don't know if we can talk about political and social problems or not.

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    Re: CAE exam

    Piscean will probably correct me here, but my old-school understanding is that could is the past tense of can. (Dictionaries describe it that way.) For example: Today I can use my new telephone. Yesterday its battery was dead so I couldn't [could not] use it.

    Could is also the conditional form of can:

    Narkises: I can't understand this!
    GoesStation: Could you [i.e., would you be able to] understand it if I used modern terminology?
    I am not a teacher.

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