Originally Posted by Jimmie48
She can't say "I want to get out of here", can't she?
The tag and the main clause can't both be affirmative or negative in a tag question,Jimmie;they must be opposites...and you almost never use the modal 'can' in the past tense(the meaning changes when you do),so it would be correct to ask:
She couldn't have said 'I want to get out of here',could she??
Though that's a casual form as well to use the exact words unless you're quoting something significant,such as the famous quote of a noted,historical figure...or writing dialogue,as an author might do.Most would say,"She couldn't have just said that she wanted to leave,could she?"
That's NOT an accusation of trolling--simply an observation--though,tbh,your English is quite high level,as I've seen with many Germans here at TF
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