no puede ser

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no puede ser(
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A phrase is a group of words commonly used together (e.g once upon a time).
phrase
1. (used to express impossibility)
a. he can't be (masculine)
Ese muchacho es muy joven. No puede ser tu tío.That boy is too young. He can't be your uncle.
b. she can't be (feminine)
No puede ser docente si no tiene título.She can't be a teacher if she hasn't got a degree.
c. it can't be
No puede ser el mismo producto: las etiquetas son diferentes.It can't be the same product - the labels are different.
d.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
Ese no puede ser Juan: es mucho más alto.That can't be Juan: he's much taller.
El paquete no puede ser entregado mañana.The parcel can't be delivered tomorrow.
2.
A word or phrase used to refer to the second person formal “usted” by their conjugation or implied context (e.g. usted).
(formal)
(used to express impossibility; singular)
a. you can't be
Si no puede ser más claro, al menos procure volver a explicarlo todo nuevamente.If you can't be clearer, then at least try to explain everything again.
3. (used to express disbelief)
a. he can't be (masculine)
¡Vaya!¿Cómo pudo hacer eso?¡No puede ser tan irresponsable!Wow! How could he do that? He can't be so irresponsible!
b. she can't be (feminine)
¿Cómo que Alicia no quiere ayudarte? ¡No puede ser tan mezquina!What do you mean Alicia won't help you? She can't be so mean!
c. it can't be
¡No puede ser tan tarde!It can't be that late!
4.
A word or phrase used to refer to the second person formal “usted” by their conjugation or implied context (e.g. usted).
(formal)
(used to express disbelief; singular)
a. you can't be
¿De veras usted piensa que este candidato defenderá los intereses del pueblo? ¡No puede ser tan ingenuo!Do you really believe that this candidate will serve the interests of the people? You can't be so naive!
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