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Posted by rfvv on Thursday, November 25, 2010 at 3:23am.


1. You can't go there alone.
2. You are not able to go there alone.
3. You are not allowed to go there alone.

(What does #1 mean? Does #1 mean #2 or #3?)



English - Writeacher, Thursday, November 25, 2010 at 7:04am
1 and 2 mean the same thing. The words "can" and "able to" mean that one is physically capable of performing the action, in this case going (walking? riding? climbing? or ?) somewhere.

In 3, "allowed" means you have permission to go somewhere.

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(Thank you for your help.
Does #1 mean #3 sometimes according to the context?)

1. You can't go there alone.
2. You are not able to go there alone.
3. You are not allowed to go there alone.

  • English -

    Sometimes #1 could mean the same as #3 -- but only if it's already understood by a previous sentence that someone has banned the "you" from doing something or going somewhere.

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