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"May" and "Can"
May 2, 2021 04:14:49   #
jerryc41 Loc: Catskill Mts of NY
 
A twist on the idea of "may" and "can."



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May 3, 2021 09:09:45   #
Morning Star Loc: West coast, North of the 49th N.
 
The fun side of our beautiful English language, no wonder new immigrants (myself included, some 50 years ago) get confused :-)

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May 3, 2021 10:06:34   #
Sendai5355 Loc: On the banks of the Pedernales River, Texas
 
I remember from many many years ago when I was in elementary school I asked a teacher "Can I ....", she replied "Yes you can but no you may not."

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May 3, 2021 13:18:36   #
jerryc41 Loc: Catskill Mts of NY
 
Morning Star wrote:
The fun side of our beautiful English language, no wonder new immigrants (myself included, some 50 years ago) get confused :-)


Yes, it is a tough language, and let's not even get into spelling vs pronunciation.

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May 3, 2021 13:20:50   #
Curmudgeon Loc: SE Arizona
 
Oh yeah. That's one smart kid

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May 3, 2021 17:54:14   #
Rick-ws Loc: Seattle
 
Things can be, and often are as tough in German. We english speakers don't corner that market.

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May 3, 2021 18:44:43   #
nervous2 Loc: Provo, Utah
 

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May 3, 2021 23:28:50   #
burkphoto Loc: High Point, NC
 
jerryc41 wrote:
A twist on the idea of "may" and "can."


You can tuna, but you can’t tune a fish. And if you tuna a piano, it will smell bad in a couple of days!

Ms. HR Director, may I can May? She’s late every morning.

May flies can fly in May.

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