I can't believe (that)! That is unbelievable! Tom:What a terribleearthquake!Allthehousescollapsed,one by one. Jane: I can't believethat! Bill:Thislake is nearlytwohundredfeetdeep.Sue: I can'tbelievethat!Bill:Take my wordforit.
I can't believe | I couldn't believe This page is about the conversational phrase I can't believe | I couldn't believe.Meaning: You can say this when describing something that's true, but so amazing or disturbing that you can't believe it's true. For example:
"Check it out! It's one of those new TV's." "Wow. I can't believe how clear the picture is!"
"I couldn't believe how badly they were treated." "The garment workers?" "Yes! They worked for twelve hours straight in a dirty factory, and they only got two dollars!"
For/sinceThe words for and since are used in sentences where the speaker wants to talk about something that started in the past and continues into the present. For is used when specifying the amount of time (how long):
I've had this watch for more than 40 years.
I've only known her for a few weeks.
He's been here for 6 months and still can't speak a word of German.
She's been smoking for a long time. No wonder she coughs so much!
Since is used when specifying the starting point:
I've had this watch since 1965.
I've only known her since the beginning of last week.
He's been here since April and he still can't speak a word of German.
She's been smoking since she started grade 5. No wonder she coughs so much!
Note: The present perfect or present perfect continuous are needed in such sentences. It is wrong to say: - I know her for two years. - I know her since 2006.
Question: "What is Ash Wednesday?"
Answer: Ash Wednesday is the first day of Lent. Its official name is “Day of Ashes,” so called because of the practice of rubbing ashes on one’s forehead in the sign of a cross. Since it is exactly 40 days (excluding Sundays) before Easter Sunday, it will always fall on a Wednesday—there cannot be an “Ash Thursday” or “Ash Monday.” The Bible never mentions Ash Wednesday—for that matter, it never mentions Lent.