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Old Jul 8th, 2012, 03:54 PM   #2865
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Re: Danish Delight - Caroline Wozniacki thread - vol 5

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Originally Posted by Jimmie48 View Post
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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