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Thread: can/couldn`t

  1. sushi


    Could someone please tell me the difference between these sentences:

    She can`t be the boy`s mother
    She couldn`t be the boy`s mother

    Do they mean the same thing? Difference in tone?

    Thank you!

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    Re: can/couldn`t

    Here, the same meaning, Sushi, with 'couldn't' slightly more indirect, hence either more hesitant or more polite.


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