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- Pedantique-Ryter rants on “It Cannot Continue”
This [insert rant-worthy issue of choice] is an utter disgrace. It cannot continue.
How many times have you read an opinion like that, whether on front pages or editorial columns?
And what is wrong with it?
Well, the obvious answer to the second sentence—It cannot continue—is a pantomime-style one.
Oh yes it can!
What’s more, it usually does. Even in the worst cases, like war crimes and invasions.
The meaning of “can”
And saying a disgrace “cannot continue” implies that it is impossible for it to continue, that it will be somehow stopped.
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