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    #1

    cannot / could not

    He said that I''m an English expert. I said that I cannot/ could not be can't be called one.

    Should I use 'cannot' or 'could not'?

    Many thanks.

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    #2

    Re: cannot / could not

    Could a member please respond to my query?

    Many thanks.

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    #3

    Re: cannot / could not

    As it is indirect speech, could not.

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    #4

    Re: cannot / could not

    Quote Originally Posted by Tan Elaine View Post
    He said that I''m an English expert. I said that I cannot/ could not be can't be called one.

    Should I use 'cannot' or 'could not'?

    Many thanks.
    You posted this last night and got 7 responses. How's it going to be any different today?

    "He said that I'm a karate expert. I said that I cannot / could not be called one.

    Which word should I use? I think 'cannot' is the right word because the fact remains that I consider myself to be not a karate expert.

    Many thanks."

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    #5

    Re: cannot / could not

    Hi Raymott

    It was inadvertently posted. My apologies.

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