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@hero posted:

Can I say "Jim didn't like long meetings so he could not bear to listen to the boring presentation"?

Yes. Unlike "wanted," which can point to the future within the past (he wanted to have a meeting/meetings), "liked" expresses a habitual past, and then "so he could not bear to listen" could only be used to express result. This is another possible sentence:

- Jim didn't like long meetings so (as a result) he left in the middle of the boring presentation.

Note 1: couldn't bear can also be followed by V-ing (couldn't bear listening to...)

Note 2: Your comment further above should have been It is very informative.

Last edited by Gustavo, Contributor
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