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can't afford

This page is about the collocation can't afford

collocation pattern: verb + verb

Meaning

unable to buy or do something because it's too expensive or problematic

For example

  • We went to Italy last year, but we can't afford a holiday this year.

  • You can't afford to have any more days off or you'll lose your job.

Quick Quiz

I couldn't afford the suit because

a. it wasn't ready

b. it cost too much

c. my wife paid for it

Contributor: Matt Errey