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    #1

    Without what can't you...

    Could you tell me whether this sentence is correct?

    Without what can't you visit your friends abroad?
    I can't do it without having an invitation from them.

    I would appreciate very much if you will point at a web site where I could find any information about such a case.

    Michael

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    #2

    Smile Re: Without what can't you...

    Quote Originally Posted by Grablevskij View Post
    Could you tell me whether this sentence is correct?

    Without what can't you visit your friends abroad? I haven't a clue what you were trying to say by that.
    I can't do it without having an invitation from them.

    I would appreciate very much if you will point at a web site where I could find any information about such a case.
    I'm afraid I can't provide you with any.

    Michael


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    Re: Without what can't you...

    Quote Originally Posted by Grablevskij View Post
    Could you tell me whether this sentence is correct?

    Without what can't you visit your friends abroad?
    I can't do it without having an invitation from them.

    I would appreciate very much if you will point at a web site where I could find any information about such a case.

    Michael
    A: I can't visit my friends abroad without [garbled speech].

    B: Sorry, I missed that last part. Without what can't you visit your friends abroad?

    A: I can't do it without having an invitation from them.

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    #4

    Lightbulb Re: Without what can't you...

    Quote Originally Posted by riverkid View Post
    A: I can't visit my friends abroad without [garbled speech].

    B: Sorry, I missed that last part. Without what can't you visit your friends abroad?
    Magnificent!

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    #5

    Re: Without what can't you...

    So, as far as I can understand you, this sentence is Ok.

    But could you speculate on this subject. And I desperately need to read something about that. All my textbooks keep silence about that. What is it? Can I use it in official letters or it is just a colloquial formula. What about combination with a perfect infinitive. A lot of questions, I suppose that I just can't even formelate them. Where to look for information?

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    Re: Without what can't you...

    Quote Originally Posted by Grablevskij View Post
    So, as far as I can understand you, this sentence is Ok.

    But could you speculate on this subject. And I desperately need to read something about that. All my textbooks [keep] are silence about that. What is it? Can I use it in official letters or it is just a colloquial formula. What about combination with a perfect infinitive. A lot of questions, I suppose that I just can't even formulate them. Where to look for information?

    Michael
    It's okay in the sense that it's possible. But likely as not, you won't find anything about this, Michael, because it's hardly a common collocation. It's, as you've I'm sure noted, a possible response to something one hasn't heard.

    You're just as likely, probably more likely, to hear,

    Without what? OR What did you say at the end there? OR What was that last part?

    I wouldn't waste my time on it if I were you.

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    Re: Without what can't you...

    But if we want to ask, will we use 'to be able'?

    Without what will you be unable to you visit your friends abroad?

    Michael

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    #8

    Re: Without what can't you...

    Quote Originally Posted by Grablevskij View Post
    But if we want to ask, could we use 'to be able'?

    Without what will you be unable to visit your friends abroad?
    That's okay.

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