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    I cannot eat too much.

    I cannot eat too much.

    Does this mean I can't eat much food, or it means I can eat lots of food whatsoever?


    Thanks a lot.

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    Re: I cannot eat too much.

    Quote Originally Posted by Unregistered View Post
    I cannot eat too much.

    Does this mean I can't eat much food, or it means I can eat lots of food whatsoever?


    Thanks a lot.
    It depends completely on context.

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    Re: I cannot eat too much.

    If it's a very educated person, or a text in formal English writing, it means no amount is too much. If it's your average Joe, or any ordinary person not wishing to sound formal or old-fashioned, it means I don't want to eat very much.

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    Re: I cannot eat too much.

    Quote Originally Posted by konungursvia View Post
    If it's a very educated person, or a text in formal English writing, it means no amount is too much. If it's your average Joe, or any ordinary person not wishing to sound formal or old-fashioned, it means I don't want to eat very much.
    I think if it were your average Joe or Josephine, they would be much more likely to say 'can't' than 'cannot'.

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    Re: I cannot eat too much.

    True, unless they were feeling playful.

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