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Of course, this doesn't have to refer to just dancing--any kind of skill could be shown this way. Contrast with InformedAbility and the polar opposite: ICantDance.

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Of course, this doesn't have to refer to just dancing--any dancing -- any kind of skill could be shown this way. Contrast with InformedAbility and the polar opposite: ICantDance.



* ''Manga/YuGiOhR'' had Reiko Kitamori, who is very shy and expresses how she doesn't enjoy playing Duel Monsters. Despite this, she is one of the most powerful duelists in the existence.

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* ''Manga/YuGiOhR'' had Reiko Kitamori, who is very shy and expresses how she doesn't enjoy playing Duel Monsters. Despite this, she is one of the most powerful duelists in the existence.



* In ''Theatre/SeventeenSeventySix'', after Ben Franklin dances with Thomas Jefferson's wife, they end up in front of John Adams. An awkward pause, a stiff bow, and then...
-->"Why, John, you can dance!!"\\

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* In ''Theatre/SeventeenSeventySix'', after Ben Franklin dances with Thomas Jefferson's wife, wife during "He Plays the Violin", they end up in front of John Adams. An awkward pause, a stiff bow, and then...
-->"Why, John, you can dance!!"\\dance!"\\



* In the 1998 film ''Dance With Me'', Ruby is at first frustrated at Rafael's inability to do the fancy dance steps that she studies. Later, when she's dancing with him casually at a party, he does the step he tripped up on earlier, and reveals that he can dance quite well, but he just goes with the music and doesn't know the names of the steps.

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* In the 1998 film ''Dance With Me'', Ruby is at first frustrated at Rafael's inability to do the fancy dance steps that she studies. Later, when she's dancing with him casually at a party, he does the step he tripped up on earlier, earlier and reveals that he can dance quite well, but he just goes with the music and doesn't know the names of the steps.



* In ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'' the girls take Sheldon to a dance and goad him to going on the dance floor, assuming that he'll be a terrible dancer because of how awkward he usually is. Much to their astonishment, Sheldon turns out to be an excellent dancer, thanks to all the cotillion classes he was forced to take as a kid back in Texas.
* ''Series/{{Cheers}}'': In "[[Recap/CheersS4E9 From Beer to Eternity]]", Woody is set up to be a bowling ace, but freezes when he tries to help the gang win a match against Gary's Old Towne Tavern. Diane (who has been making fun of bowling the whole time) steps in and wins it for them. She took bowling as a college PE class, but despises the game.

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* In ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'' the girls take Sheldon to a dance and goad him to going go on the dance floor, assuming that he'll be a terrible dancer because of how awkward he usually is. Much to their astonishment, Sheldon turns out to be an excellent dancer, thanks to all the cotillion classes he was forced to take as a kid back in Texas.
* ''Series/{{Cheers}}'': In "[[Recap/CheersS4E9 From Beer to Eternity]]", Woody is set up to be a bowling ace, but freezes when he tries to help the gang win a match against Gary's Old Towne Tavern. Diane (who has been making fun of bowling the whole time) steps in and wins it for them. She took bowling as a college PE class, class but despises the game.



* ''Series/TheLucyShow'' A non-dancing variation is done. At the beginning of "Lucy and the Pool Hustler", Lucy and Mr. Moody visit a ladies' pool hall. She tells him that she doesn't like pool, and he proposes a friendly game, with a small wager. Lucy lags for break, perfectly.

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* ''Series/TheLucyShow'' A non-dancing variation is done. At the beginning of "Lucy and the Pool Hustler", Lucy and Mr. Moody visit a ladies' pool hall. She tells him that she doesn't like the pool, and he proposes a friendly game, with a small wager. Lucy lags for break, perfectly.



* ''[[Franchise/{{Peanuts}} It's Your First Kiss, Charlie Brown]]'' had Charlie Brown do this... at the dance, after kissing the Little Red-Haired Girl, the rest of the evening is a blur. Linus tells him the next day that he danced with all the girls and was the life of the party, even though Charlie Brown didn't know how to dance before that.

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* ''[[Franchise/{{Peanuts}} It's Your First Kiss, Charlie Brown]]'' had Charlie Brown do this... at the dance, after kissing the Little Red-Haired Girl, the rest of the evening is a blur. Linus tells him the next day that he danced with all the girls and was the life of the party, even though Charlie Brown didn't know how to dance before that.


* ''Series/{{Cheers}}'': In ''From Beer to Eternity'', Woody is set up to be a bowling ace, but freezes when he tries to help the gang win a match against Gary's Old Towne Tavern. Diane (who has been making fun of bowling the whole time) steps in and wins it for them. She took bowling as a college PE class, but despises the game.

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* ''Series/{{Cheers}}'': In ''From "[[Recap/CheersS4E9 From Beer to Eternity'', Eternity]]", Woody is set up to be a bowling ace, but freezes when he tries to help the gang win a match against Gary's Old Towne Tavern. Diane (who has been making fun of bowling the whole time) steps in and wins it for them. She took bowling as a college PE class, but despises the game.



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* In Netflix's ''Film/Shaft2019'', JJ repeatedly voices his disdain for guns, but turns out to be highly skilled in their use.
-->'''JJ''': I said I didn't like guns. I didn't say I couldn't shoot.


* In ''Manga/AkagamiNoShirayukihime'' the no longer practicing knight Sir Lata Forzeno claims he's managed to avoid balls for so long he's forgotten how to dance. Shirayuki discovers that he hasn't, nor has he forgotten how to make a girl step on his foot while making it look like ''she'' misstepped during the dance so that he can excuse himself from the event and escape to treat his "injury".



* In ''Manga/AkagamiNoShirayukihime'' the no longer practicing knight Sir Lata Forzeno claims he's managed to avoid balls for so long he's forgotten how to dance. Shirayuki discovers that he hasn't, nor has he forgotten how to make a girl step on his foot while making it look like ''she'' misstepped during the dance so that he can excuse himself from the event and escape to treat his "injury".

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* In ''Manga/AkagamiNoShirayukihime'' the no longer practicing knight Sir Lata Forzeno claims he's managed to avoid balls for so long he's forgotten how to dance. Shirayuki discovers that he hasn't, nor has he forgotten how to make a girl step on his foot while making it look like ''she'' misstepped during the dance so that he can excuse himself from the event and escape to treat his "injury".



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* In [[Literature/TheDresdenFiles Death Masks]] by Creator/JimButcher, Harry sweeps Susan off her feet as a means to get away from some {{Mooks}}. She says, "You told me you couldn't dance," but it turns out Harry moonlighted early in his career as a dance partner for a senior citizen organization. He can't do rock-and-roll-type dancing, but ballroom is another matter.
-->'''Harry:''' "Tough to tango with someone with lumbago. It requires great skill."
* Along with the many, many other things he doesn't do, Rudy Miller, the hero of Creator/GordonKorman's ''I Want to Go Home'' doesn't dance. And as with everything else, he's very, ''very'' good at it. He just doesn't do it.



* In ''Theatre/SeventeenSeventySix'', after Ben Franklin dances with Thomas Jefferson's wife, they end up in front of John Adams. An awkward pause, a stiff bow, and then...
-->"Why, John, you can dance!!"\\
"We still do a few things in Boston, Franklin."
* In the 1998 film ''Dance With Me'', Ruby is at first frustrated at Rafael's inability to do the fancy dance steps that she studies. Later, when she's dancing with him casually at a party, he does the step he tripped up on earlier, and reveals that he can dance quite well, but he just goes with the music and doesn't know the names of the steps.



* In the 1998 film ''Dance With Me'', Ruby is at first frustrated at Rafael's inability to do the fancy dance steps that she studies. Later, when she's dancing with him casually at a party, he does the step he tripped up on earlier, and reveals that he can dance quite well, but he just goes with the music and doesn't know the names of the steps.
* A non-dancing example features in ''Film/QuigleyDownUnder'', regarding Quigley's apparent disdain for pistols: "I just said I never had much use for one. I didn't say I didn't know how to use it."



* In ''Theatre/SeventeenSeventySix'', after Ben Franklin dances with Thomas Jefferson's wife, they end up in front of John Adams. An awkward pause, a stiff bow, and then...
-->"Why, John, you can dance!!"\\
"We still do a few things in Boston, Franklin."

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* A non-dancing example features in ''Film/QuigleyDownUnder'', regarding Quigley's apparent disdain for pistols: "I just said I never had much use for one. I didn't say I didn't know how to use it."

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* ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'':
In ''Theatre/SeventeenSeventySix'', after Ben Franklin dances ''Literature/DeathMasks'', Harry sweeps Susan off her feet as a means to get away from some {{Mooks}}. She says, "You told me you couldn't dance," but it turns out Harry moonlighted early in his career as a dance partner for a senior citizen organization. He can't do rock-and-roll-type dancing, but ballroom is another matter.
-->'''Harry:''' Tough to tango
with Thomas Jefferson's wife, they end up in front of John Adams. An awkward pause, a stiff bow, and then...
-->"Why, John, you can dance!!"\\
"We still do a few
someone with lumbago. It requires great skill.
* Along with the many, many other
things in Boston, Franklin."
he doesn't do, Rudy Miller, the hero of Creator/GordonKorman's ''I Want to Go Home'' doesn't dance. And as with everything else, he's very, ''very'' good at it. He just doesn't do it.



* ''Series/TheLucyShow'' A non-dancing variation is done. At the beginning of "Lucy and the Pool Hustler," Lucy and Mr. Moody visit a ladies' pool hall. She tells him that she doesn't like pool, and he proposes a friendly game, with a small wager. Lucy lags for break, perfectly.
-->'''Mr. Moody:''' I thought you couldn't play pool?\\
'''Lucy:''' I said I didn't like it; that doesn't mean I'm not any good at it!

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* ''Series/TheLucyShow'' A non-dancing variation is done. At In ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'' the beginning of "Lucy girls take Sheldon to a dance and goad him to going on the Pool Hustler," Lucy and Mr. Moody visit a ladies' pool hall. She tells him dance floor, assuming that she doesn't like pool, he'll be a terrible dancer because of how awkward he usually is. Much to their astonishment, Sheldon turns out to be an excellent dancer, thanks to all the cotillion classes he was forced to take as a kid back in Texas.
* ''Series/{{Cheers}}'': In ''From Beer to Eternity'', Woody is set up to be a bowling ace, but freezes when he tries to help the gang win a match against Gary's Old Towne Tavern. Diane (who has been making fun of bowling the whole time) steps in
and he proposes a friendly game, with a small wager. Lucy lags wins it for break, perfectly.
-->'''Mr. Moody:''' I thought you couldn't play pool?\\
'''Lucy:''' I said I didn't like it; that doesn't mean I'm not any good at it!
them. She took bowling as a college PE class, but despises the game.



* ''Series/{{Cheers}}'': In ''From Beer to Eternity'', Woody is set up to be a bowling ace, but freezes when he tries to help the gang win a match against Gary's Old Towne Tavern. Diane (who has been making fun of bowling the whole time) steps in and wins it for them. She took bowling as a college PE class, but despises the game.
* In the ''Series/DoctorWho'' episode "The Doctor Dances", Rose is surprised to learn that the Doctor can dance, he is slightly offended that she just ''assumed'' that he couldn't dance. Before he can show her, though, they are interrupted. But they get to dance at the end with Captain Jack watching. In the ''Series/DoctorWhoConfidential'' it was said that "dancing" meant something else.
-->'''Rose''': Doesn't the universe implode or something if [[ChasteHero you]]... dance?
* In ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'' the girls take Sheldon to a dance and goad him to going on the dance floor, assuming that he'll be a terrible dancer because of how awkward he usually is. Much to their astonishment, Sheldon turns out to be an excellent dancer, thanks to all the cotillion classes he was forced to take as a kid back in Texas.
* In ''{{Series/Leverage}}'', Eliot DoesNotLikeGuns, and mentions it often. Other characters seem to assume he can't use them, but [[spoiler: when backed into a corner he uses them to take out a warehouse full of armed bad guys.]]
-->'''Chapman:''' [[spoiler:(while holding him at gunpoint) You said you didn't like guns.]]
-->'''Eliot:''' [[spoiler:I don't. (raises gun and kills Chapman) Never said I couldn't use them.]]

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* ''Series/{{Cheers}}'': ''Series/DoctorWho'': In ''From Beer to Eternity'', Woody is set up to be a bowling ace, but freezes when he tries to help the gang win a match against Gary's Old Towne Tavern. Diane (who has been making fun of bowling the whole time) steps in and wins it for them. She took bowling as a college PE class, but despises the game.
* In the ''Series/DoctorWho'' episode
[[Recap/DoctorWhoS27E10TheDoctorDances "The Doctor Dances", Dances"]], Rose is surprised to learn that the Doctor can dance, he is slightly offended that she just ''assumed'' that he couldn't dance. Before he can show her, though, they are interrupted. But they get to dance at the end with Captain Jack watching. It also crosses over with ICantDance because the Doctor appears to initially be somewhat rusty. In the ''Series/DoctorWhoConfidential'' it was said that "dancing" meant something else.
-->'''Rose''': -->'''Rose:''' Doesn't the universe implode or something if [[ChasteHero you]]... dance?
* In ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'' the girls take Sheldon to a dance and goad him to going on the dance floor, assuming that he'll be a terrible dancer because of how awkward he usually is. Much to their astonishment, Sheldon turns out to be an excellent dancer, thanks to all the cotillion classes he was forced to take as a kid back in Texas.
* In ''{{Series/Leverage}}'', Eliot DoesNotLikeGuns, and mentions it often. Other characters seem to assume he can't use them, but [[spoiler: when backed into a corner he uses them to take out a warehouse full of armed bad guys.]]
-->'''Chapman:''' [[spoiler:(while holding him at gunpoint) You said you didn't like guns.]]
-->'''Eliot:''' [[spoiler:I don't. (raises gun and kills Chapman) Never said I couldn't use them.]]
dance?




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* In ''{{Series/Leverage}}'', Eliot DoesNotLikeGuns, and mentions it often. Other characters seem to assume he can't use them, but [[spoiler:when backed into a corner he uses them to take out a warehouse full of armed bad guys.]]
-->'''Chapman:''' [[spoiler:''[while holding him at gunpoint]'' You said you didn't like guns.]]\\
'''Eliot:''' [[spoiler:I don't. ''[raises gun and kills Chapman]'' Never said I couldn't use them.]]
* ''Series/TheLucyShow'' A non-dancing variation is done. At the beginning of "Lucy and the Pool Hustler", Lucy and Mr. Moody visit a ladies' pool hall. She tells him that she doesn't like pool, and he proposes a friendly game, with a small wager. Lucy lags for break, perfectly.
-->'''Mr. Moody:''' I thought you couldn't play pool?\\
'''Lucy:''' I said I didn't like it; that doesn't mean I'm not any good at it!



--->'''Tanna''': ''[[http://www.earsforelves.com/archives/348 Dance!?]]'''''' I don't dance!
--->'''Luero''': I believe you mean you ''won't'' dance. And you're about to be proven wrong.
--->'''Tanna''': [[http://www.earsforelves.com/archives/349 Okay fine,]] it's not that I can't dance -- I mean of course I learned how. I just haven't danced in a while.

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--->'''Tanna''': ''[[http://www.earsforelves.com/archives/348 Dance!?]]'''''' I don't dance!
--->'''Luero''':
dance!\\
'''Luero''':
I believe you mean you ''won't'' dance. And you're about to be proven wrong.
--->'''Tanna''':
wrong.\\
'''Tanna''':
[[http://www.earsforelves.com/archives/349 Okay fine,]] it's not that I can't dance -- I mean of course I learned how. I just haven't danced in a while.



* ''[[{{Peanuts}} It's Your First Kiss, Charlie Brown]]'' had Charlie Brown do this... at the dance, after kissing the Little Red-Haired Girl, the rest of the evening is a blur. Linus tells him the next day that he danced with all the girls and was the life of the party, even though Charlie Brown didn't know how to dance before that.

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* ''[[{{Peanuts}} ''[[Franchise/{{Peanuts}} It's Your First Kiss, Charlie Brown]]'' had Charlie Brown do this... at the dance, after kissing the Little Red-Haired Girl, the rest of the evening is a blur. Linus tells him the next day that he danced with all the girls and was the life of the party, even though Charlie Brown didn't know how to dance before that.



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* In ''Manga/AkagamiNoShirayukihime'' the no longer practicing knight Sir Lata Forzeno claims he's managed to avoid balls for so long he's forgotten how to dance. Shirayuki discovers that he hasn't, nor has he forgotten how to make a girl step on his foot while making it look like ''she'' misstepped during the dance so that he can excuse himself from the event and escape to treat his "injury".


* From ''Film/MrAndMrsSmith'', the titular Mr and Mrs do a tango.

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* From ''Film/MrAndMrsSmith'', ''Film/MrAndMrsSmith2005'', the titular Mr and Mrs do a tango.


* ''Film/1776'' After Ben Franklin dances with Thomas Jefferson's wife, they end up in front of John Adams. An awkward pause, a stiff bow, and then...

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* ''Film/1776'' After In ''Theatre/SeventeenSeventySix'', after Ben Franklin dances with Thomas Jefferson's wife, they end up in front of John Adams. An awkward pause, a stiff bow, and then...



* In the third season of ''Series/{{Chuck}}'', the upgraded intersect provides several of these moments.

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* In the third season of ''Series/{{Chuck}}'', the upgraded intersect Intersect provides several of these moments.



-->'''Rose''': Doesn't the universe implode or something if [[ChasteHero you]]...dance?

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-->'''Rose''': Doesn't the universe implode or something if [[ChasteHero you]]... dance?



--->'''Tanna''': [[http://www.earsforelves.com/archives/349 Okay fine,]] it's not that I can't dance- I mean of course I learned how. I just haven't danced in a while.

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--->'''Tanna''': [[http://www.earsforelves.com/archives/349 Okay fine,]] it's not that I can't dance- dance -- I mean of course I learned how. I just haven't danced in a while.



* ''[[{{Peanuts}} It's Your First Kiss, Charlie Brown]]'' had Charlie Brown do this...at the dance, after kissing the Little Red-Haired Girl, the rest of the evening is a blur. Linus tells him the next day that he danced with all the girls and was the life of the party, even though Charlie Brown didn't know how to dance before that.

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* ''[[{{Peanuts}} It's Your First Kiss, Charlie Brown]]'' had Charlie Brown do this... at the dance, after kissing the Little Red-Haired Girl, the rest of the evening is a blur. Linus tells him the next day that he danced with all the girls and was the life of the party, even though Charlie Brown didn't know how to dance before that.



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* In ''Series/{{Forever}}'', Morgan and Martinez visit a murder suspect when he's about to deliver a speech. He says he hates public speaking and then goes and delivers a well-received speech, afterwards telling a surprised Morgan and Martinez "I said I hate public speaking; I never said I wasn't any good at it."


* In [[Literature/TheDresdenFiles Death Masks]] by JimButcher, Harry sweeps Susan off her feet as a means to get away from some {{Mooks}}. She says, "You told me you couldn't dance," but it turns out Harry moonlighted early in his career as a dance partner for a senior citizen organization. He can't do rock-and-roll-type dancing, but ballroom is another matter.

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* In [[Literature/TheDresdenFiles Death Masks]] by JimButcher, Creator/JimButcher, Harry sweeps Susan off her feet as a means to get away from some {{Mooks}}. She says, "You told me you couldn't dance," but it turns out Harry moonlighted early in his career as a dance partner for a senior citizen organization. He can't do rock-and-roll-type dancing, but ballroom is another matter.


* Along with the many, many other things he doesn't do, Rudy Miller, the hero of GordonKorman's ''I Want to Go Home'' doesn't dance. And as with everything else, he's very, ''very'' good at it. He just doesn't do it.

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* Along with the many, many other things he doesn't do, Rudy Miller, the hero of GordonKorman's Creator/GordonKorman's ''I Want to Go Home'' doesn't dance. And as with everything else, he's very, ''very'' good at it. He just doesn't do it.


* ''Manga/YuGiOhR'' had Reiko Kitamori, who is very shy and expresses how she doesn't enjoy playing Duel Monsters. Despite this, she is one of the most powerful duelists in the story.

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* ''Manga/YuGiOhR'' had Reiko Kitamori, who is very shy and expresses how she doesn't enjoy playing Duel Monsters. Despite this, she is one of the most powerful duelists in the story.existence.


* This is a recurring thing for Jughead in ''Franchise/ArchieComics''; Jug is the epitome of BrilliantButLazy, so he tends to avoid any form of exertion. However, when a decent meal is on the line, Jughead displays HiddenDepths that leave most people (Typically antagonists) stunned.

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* This is a recurring thing for Jughead in ''Franchise/ArchieComics''; Jug is the epitome of BrilliantButLazy, so he tends to avoid any form of exertion. However, when a decent meal is on the line, Jughead displays HiddenDepths that leave most people (Typically (typically antagonists) stunned.



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* ''Film/1776'' After Ben Franklin dances with Thomas Jefferson's wife, they end up in front of John Adams. An awkward pause, a stiff bow, and then...
-->"Why, John, you can dance!!"\\
"We still do a few things in Boston, Franklin."

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* This is a recurring thing for Jughead in ''Franchise/ArchieComics''; Jug is the epitome of BrilliantButLazy, so he tends to avoid any form of exertion. However, when a decent meal is on the line, Jughead displays HiddenDepths that leave most people (Typically antagonists) stunned.


'''Robert:''' I said I ''don't'' dance. I didn't say I ''couldn't''.

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'''Robert:''' I said I said, "I ''don't'' dance. dance." I didn't say I say, "I ''couldn't''."

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