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    Smile don't/can't

    There are situations where "can-can't" doesn't add meaning at all, like:

    I don't/can't understand

    It happens, as far as I am concerned, with the verbs: understand, follow and remember...

    Does it also apply to the verb BELIEVE?

    I don't believe = I can't believe

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    Re: don't/can't

    Not to me- 'I can't believe' means that I find it impossible to believe- it's stronger.

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    Re: don't/can't

    And I'd say it's more than just 'stronger'.

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    Not to me- 'I can't believe' means that I find it impossible to believe- it's stronger.
    There's also the matter of trying. "I can't believe" means, for me, "Try as I may, and I have tried, I just can't believe".

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    Re: don't/can't

    Good point-I missed that one.

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