"I can't help you forever."

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"I can't help you forever."

 

I think that the sentence could have two meanings like below.

 

1) I am helping you, but it cannot last for my entire life.

 

2) I am not able to help you for some reason until I die.

 

I also think there might be more meanings in the sentence, depending on context. 

 

What do you experts think? Could we understand the sentence like the #1 and #2 in some context?

 

Thank you so much as usual and I hope to hear from you again. Have a nice day.

asked Sep 24 '13 at 00:14 Hans Contributor

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The statement technically can mean either of your sentences. I think the statement is often made with a bit of frustration. The typical scenario is: Mary has been helping John, but it should be a temporary solution. It is usually something that John should either be learning to do for himself or should be paying for. Mary is getting tired of helping him, or perhaps she has been using up her hard-earned money to help him. She finally says, "I can't help you forever!" A less polite thing to say would be, "Get off your butt and help yourself!"

link comment answered Sep 24 '13 at 03:11 Patty T Grammarly Fellow

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