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Can I...? (permissional or potential)

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RE: Can I...? (permissional or potential)

Postby hyperconjugated » Sun 12.30.2007 6:02 pm

Wakannai wrote:
また、はじめましてね

多分

I hate not having an avatar, it's so much easier to scroll up and down until I see my pic.

edit- much better.

You lousy beatnik! Don't bring Yoko this time :D
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RE: Can I...? (permissional or potential)

Postby Wakannai » Sun 12.30.2007 6:46 pm

I have no idea what you are talking about.
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RE: Can I...? (permissional or potential)

Postby hyperconjugated » Sun 12.30.2007 7:01 pm

The avatar looks like Lennon :D Sort of...
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RE: Can I...? (permissional or potential)

Postby Wakannai » Sun 12.30.2007 7:17 pm

I was shooting more for the starving artist. Maybe I should add a handkerchief tied around the neck.
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RE: Can I...? (permissional or potential)

Postby Chris Hart » Sun 12.30.2007 8:38 pm

Doesn't really matter. Does match you UN quite well, though.

Unless you are referencing the location. :D
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RE: Can I...? (permissional or potential)

Postby ss » Mon 12.31.2007 2:45 am

Wakannai wrote:
I was shooting more for the starving artist. Maybe I should add a handkerchief tied around the neck.


Have you ever thought of changing your hair style? :D :p
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RE: Can I...? (permissional or potential)

Postby Wakannai » Mon 12.31.2007 4:20 am

That's supposed to be a beret.

Sigh, I guess I'll GIMPify the avatar a bit more. Art shouldn't require an explanation.

edit- done.
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RE: Can I...? (permissional or potential)

Postby ss » Mon 12.31.2007 5:32 am

LOL, I know.
Your hair should be very long now. ^_^

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RE: Can I...? (permissional or potential)

Postby Wakannai » Mon 12.31.2007 5:39 am

hehe, thanks for a great laugh. That had me laughing pretty hard :D

edit - ok, it's over an hour later and I'm still cracking up every time I see that.
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Re: Can I...? (permissional or potential)

Postby Astral Abraxas » Thu 04.10.2008 2:18 am

May I = Permissional
Can I = Potential

It's actually one of the most common mistakes native English speakers make I find. I'm even guilty of it. So when you hear: "Can I help you?" when walking into a store, presume it means "May I help you?".

"May I use your eraser for one second?"

I can't think of a good example of "Can I", they all sound weird lol.

"Can I do [ ] in this video game yet?"
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Re: Can I...? (permissional or potential)

Postby Wakannai » Thu 04.10.2008 2:25 am

please look at the post date before replying. This thread is over 4 months old, and it already has 2 pages of replies.
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