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cannot

See the expressions listed at can't and also those at not able.

cannot

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If you cannot indicate this motion from left to right by yourself moving in it, then I beg you to describe it to me in words.
replied he; "I am, like yourself, utterly bewildered at all that is going on, and cannot in the least make out what it is about.
Without subtle ingenuity of mind, one cannot make certain of the truth of their reports.
I do not mean by this that one substance cannot be more or less truly substance than another, for it has already been stated' that this is the case; but that no single substance admits of varying degrees within itself.
Conceal the unhappy truth as long as it is possible, I know it cannot be long.
Said Peter 'Though I cannot sound The depths of such a man as you, Yet in your character I've found An inconsistency or two.
I cannot tell," answered the soldier, "for nobody has ever crossed the desert, unless it is Oz himself.
If you really cannot come to me will you let me come to you?
We cannot find the smallest part of the personal weight of Washington in the narrative of his exploits.
A particle of matter cannot tell us that it does not feel the law of attraction or repulsion and that that law is untrue, but man, who is the subject of history, says plainly: I am free and am therefore not subject to the law.
I know, Alice, it is wrong to keep repining as I do, but I cannot help it: you must bear with me.
I think that I shall hunt up some others who may be equally bored, and see if we cannot find enough for a game of cards.
I have remarked in the first chapter--but a long catalogue of facts which cannot be here given would be necessary to show the truth of the remark--that the reproductive system is eminently susceptible to changes in the conditions of life; and to this system being functionally disturbed in the parents, I chiefly attribute the varying or plastic condition of the offspring.
The money, it appeared, had not been paid; perhaps the alleged reasons were rather equivocal; but otherwise I cannot sufficiently express our general surprise at the extreme good sense, the reasoning powers, moderation, candour, and prompt resolution, which were displayed on all sides.
And perhaps it's just as well, since, for the most part, we cannot be certain of the effect of our actions.