navi tasan said:Which is correct:
1-The sea can't get stormy tomorrow.
2-The sea couldn't get stormy tomorrow.
Meaning: it is impossible that the sea should get stormy tomorrow.
That is my problem. It seems that 1- is more natural than 2-:
1-That can't happen.
2-That couldn't happen.
could seems to imply a condition: that couldn't happen even if....
navi said:On the other hand when you are speaking about the possibility of a specific event in the future, you use "could":
3-The sea can get stormy.
(general possibility, "has the potential to")
but would you say:
4-"The sea can get stormy tomorrow."?
I think most NESs prefer:
5-The sea could get stormy tomorrow.
6-The sea couldn't get stormy tomorrow.
is not correct. I suppose because there can be no implied condition (even if it tried!!).
This is my analysis up to this point. I'd appreciate your criticisms.
navi tasan said:Thanks a lot Cas,
A couple of more questions if I may (I hope I am not getting on your nerves with this):
That can't happen.
you say it wouldn't be permitted to happen. There is no doubt that the sentence can have that meaning, but can't it simply mean: That is impossible. (logically or factually or...)?
As for "The sea can get stormy tomorrow.", you say:
On 4-, I can also get the reading: The sea will, in fact, get stormy tomorrow.
It seems to me that the person who thinks the sea will definitely get stormy must have a good reason to use "can" and I suppose the reason is either that he wants to be polite when he is contradicting someone else, or that he is being ironic, or something of the sort. Am I right?
And all the best to you too.
navi tasan said:I have been condemned to use words and words alone!! I have become like a character in a novel!!
I don't know Tdol. I click on them and this is an example of what I get
Maybe I am not doing the right thing? I just click on them. It's no big deal though. It's OK. I mean I come here for more important things. Smilies are cute, but then isn't seeing my :shock: just fabulous? I leave a lot more to the imagination. It's poetic!!
navi tasan said:Thanks Cas,
When you quote me the pictures develop!!
It's like asking to borrow somebody's face!
Could I have your face just for a second to show this guy that I find what he said funny!!
I'd rather borrow your knowledge of the English language though. The good thing about knowledge is that you multiply it by sharing it (someone else must have said that before, which means I have learnt it somewhere!! Which proves that it is true... Wish I had invented it though).
In any case, don't worry about the smilies (why don't we call them shockies and laughies and (Tdol's favorites) winkies ?).