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    I can imagine

    I wanted to respond to NAL123's question, but Rover had closed the thread.

    I think it can be confusing to ESL learners when an expression is not meant literally. For example, if I say I can imagine doing something that probably means it's a possibility. In other words, under the right circumstances I might do it. If I say I can imagine going to Canada it means it's a possibility. What it definitely does not mean is that I am able to imagine it. This is an instance when, in my opinion, the literal meaning definitely does not apply. (You are always capable of imagining something.)
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    Re: I can imagine

    Well put.
    I'm not a teacher. I speak American English. I've tutored writing at the University of Southern Maine and have done a good deal of copy editing and writing, occasionally for publication.

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