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    don't/can't understand

    I don't understand what you mean.
    I can't understand what you mean.

    Please tell me what the difference between first and second sentence is.

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    Re: don't/can't understand

    Well, they normally have the same intent, Gary. Natives usually use the first, where ESLs (at least, my ESLs) always want to use the second.

    The first states the conditionl; the second states the inability.

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