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Please translate the following two pairs of sentences:

    I feel like doing nothing.
    I don't feel like doing anything.


    He should not have had the choice.
    He must not have had the choice.

I tried to translate these myself, and now my brain is in knots.



Hi Mike,

Thank you for your question, and a hard one it is !
For the first one :
I feel like doing nothing => J'ai envie de ne rien faire
I don't feel like doing anything => Je n'ai pas envie de faire quelque chose
Which is approximately the same thing.

For the second one I need your help. I would translate " He should not have had the choice" as "il n'aurait pas dû avoir le choix".

I have some difficulties in understanding the second sentence because in English I seldom say "He must have not". The reason is that my English teachers always said that instead you should say "he can't have had the choice".
Do you think you can explain me this sentence?

Thank you

Kind regards


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