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    if you do cannot do sth

    I've recently fairly often read the phrase 'if you do cannot do sth'. Do you native speakers think it a good phrase to use? Thank you in advance.

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    Re: if you do cannot do sth

    "If you cannot [do something]" is a perfectly normal construction.

    However, as you wrote it
    If you do cannot open the files above,
    the "do" should not be there. It is simply, "If you cannot open the files..."
    But then, I think that was a typo and you knew that already.


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    Re: if you do cannot do sth

    if you do cannot do sth


    The function of the first DO here is emphasis.

    It has the similar meaning of REALLY , SURELY, TRULY...

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    Re: if you do cannot do sth

    No, sorry. The first "do" is simply out of place. It is not an emphatic.

    If you want the emphatic of "really" then use it instead:

    "If you really cannot open this file..."

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