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    cannot ~ too / cannot ~ enough

    Hi. Teachers!


    A: Is it important that I have this projcet completed by the May deadline?

    B: Absolutely. I told you that last week, and I can't emphasize it ( ).


    (a) that much (b) too much (c) so much (d) enough


    I understand (d) is right. But I wonder (b) can be right, too.

    Because I learned that the structure "cannot ~ too" and "cannot ~ enough" ex) 1.You cannot be too careful about your health.
    2. You cannot work too hard. 3. I cannot thank you enough, etc.

    Could you explain the above question to me?

    Thanks.

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    Re: cannot ~ too / cannot ~ enough

    Yes, you're right.

    I just can't say this enough.
    I can't say this too many times.
    I can't emphasize it too much.

    It's so important that even if I say it 100 times, it's not been said too many times because each time you hear it, you'll remember it. It cannot be over-emphasized.

    However, "enough" was the first thing that came to my mind.

    {not a teacher}


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    Re: cannot ~ too / cannot ~ enough

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    Yes, you're right.

    I just can't say this enough.
    I can't say this too many times.
    I can't emphasize it too much.

    It's so important that even if I say it 100 times, it's not been said too many times because each time you hear it, you'll remember it. It cannot be over-emphasized.

    However, "enough" was the first thing that came to my mind.

    {not a teacher}

    You mean (b) is also right, but the more appropriate word is (d) , don't you? Thank you so much for your explanation including examples.^^

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