One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
with modal and negative However hard I try; even if my life depended on it.‘I can't for the life of me understand what you see in her’
- ‘I knew that book as well as I knew my own name, but as a child I could not, for the life of me, explain what it meant to me.’
- ‘However, for the life of me, I will never know how they hatch their young among these sun-oiled simmering tourists!’
- ‘I could not, for the life of me, find my wedge of Parmesan cheese.’
- ‘My mind goes blank, my heart beatboxes inside my chest, my skin tingles and dampens and I cannot, for the life of me, think of anything to say.’
- ‘Now, for the life of me, I can't figure out what the priest is getting at here.’
- ‘I can't, for the life of me, think why I stopped using it as an alarm clock!’
- ‘I cannot, for the life of me, understand why this book has made me dwell on my lack of friendships this evening.’
- ‘I also remember someone miming rather badly too, but for the life of me can't remember who they were, which is probably just as well.’
- ‘There's some subtle difference which, for the life of me, I cannot see.’
- ‘They came flat, encased between two pieces of hard clear plastic, which I could not open for the life of me.’
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