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Hi,
To express the idea of "not beeing able to do something" can we say "couldn't do it"...I give you an example:

(situation: people are at a party)
- Richard has to get up at 5am tomorrow!
- After this party I wouldn't be able to get up so early!!

Can we replace the second sentence (without changing the meaning) by:
-After this party I couldn't get up so early!! (I'd say that this sentence has not the same meaning, but Im not sure...)

Thanks for your help
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To express the idea of "not being able to do something" can we say "couldn't do it"...I WILL give you an example:

(situation: people are at a party)
- Richard has to get up at 5am tomorrow!
- After this party I wouldn't be able to get up so early!!

Can we replace the second sentence (without changing the meaning) by:
-After this party I couldn't get up so early!! (I'd say that this sentence has not the same meaning, but Im not sure...)

JT: Actually, since Richard is presently at the party and he is speaking about an event, "getting up", that has yet to occur, neither sentence can be used.

Instead, Richard could say,

After this party I WON'T be able to get up that early!!

Your two sentences could be used if Richard wanted to express a conditional meaning.

After this party I couldn't get up that early [5pm] even if I wanted to!!

After this party I wouldn't be able to get up that early even if I wanted to!!
Thanks for your answer!
In fact I wanted to express a conditional meaning: the second person that speaks is not Richard.
The idea was:
- Richard has to get up at 5am tomorrow!
- (John says) (If I were Richard) after this party I couldn't get up so early!!

In that context, the second sentence is correct?

Thanks
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In fact I wanted to express a conditional meaning: the second person that speaks is not Richard.
The idea was:
- Richard has to get up at 5am tomorrow!
- (John says) (If I were Richard) after this party I couldn't get up so early!!

In that context, the second sentence is correct?

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Yup, in that case, it would work. I'll just add one small caveat.

is an intensifier and it PROBABLY wouldn't be used by someone remarking on this fact, in this fashion.

(John says) (If I were Richard) After this party I couldn't get up that early!!
Thanks for your help!!
Hi Just The Truth,

you just have to add / to your attempts to quote and it will work:

............

(remove the spaces too)
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Hi Just The Truth,

you just have to add / to your attempts to quote and it will work:

............

(remove the spaces too)


Yup, it worked. Thanks, Elena.
Here you neeed to consider following impotant point.
At what time you are expressing this, mean you have to clearly state, whether it is for future or past.
1:sentence is ok if during the party, (John says) "after this party I wouldn't be able get up so early!! (sentence nature is future)
2:sentence is ok if the next day of the party, (John says) "after that party I couldn't get up so early!! (sentence nature is past )