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Posted by rfvv on Tuesday, November 30, 2010 at 6:05am.


1. I cannot be an actor.
2. I am not an actor at all.
3. I cannot become an actor.

(What does #1 mean? Is #1 similar to #2 or #3?)



English - Writeacher, Tuesday, November 30, 2010 at 7:06am
1 and 3 are the same. Those sentences are referring to "becoming" which is a future possibility.

2 is different. It's referring to the present, what the person is or is not.
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Thank you for your help.

If a person says, "He must be an actor." Another person may say, "He cannot be an actor. I have never seen him on TV."
In this case, #1 mean #2, doesn't it?

1. He cannot be an actor.
2. He is not an actor at all.
3. He cannot become an actor.

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    Yes, you're right. In that context, 1 and 2 mean the same thing.

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