I can't seem (to find my underpants): je n'arrive pas (à trouver mon slip)
I can't is final and definitive. In other words, "I cannot and never will be able to...". I can't seem to allows for the possibility that a given thing can be achieved.
- "Icarus : On August 22nd of last year, there is a twelve-hundred dollar charge to the company's expense account, but we can't seem to locate a receipt for this transaction."
- "The company, at the center of hundreds of scandals in the last 10 years, ranging from illegal bear hunts to monkey abuse to laboratory explosions, just can't seem to get their act together."
- "You just can't seem to meet new people, can you?"
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