caught in the act

Can one say

a. He's incapable of the act of stealing something physically, but he may order it done.

b. He's incapable of the act of stealing anything physically, but he may order it done.

?

 

Many thanks.

 

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Azz,

What I understand you to be saying in both of your examples is that the man has a physical impairment (arthritis, perhaps) that prevents him from committing theft by himself, but he has been granted permission to command others to steal things on his behalf.  Do I have that right?

Many you're welcomes.

DocV

Thanks again!

Yes, for the first part, but I intended 'may' to be interpreted as expressing possibility, not having permission. Maybe 'may' is incorrect there and I should use 'might'?

He cannot commit a theft himself, but chances are/he is probably capable of ordering someone else to do it.

 

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