I can be this, and you can be this.
And, yes, we can be this.
He can't be this and she can't be this.
And no, they can't be this.
Dogs can't be this, but cats can.
And a kitten can't be this, but a puppy can.
Givers can't be this, but beggars can.
And humility can't be this, but greed can.
Not even peace can be this, but fear can.

What am I?

Source: I don't know where I originally saw this as it was many years ago. But this might be the original source, posted in 2003.

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    $\begingroup$ Today I learned that I've been rot13(glcvat) wrong all this time, I always rot13(cerff gur o xrl jvgu zl evtug unaq). $\endgroup$
    – Davy M
    Commented Jan 14, 2020 at 23:10
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    $\begingroup$ Now I think about it, so do I! $\endgroup$
    – Earlien
    Commented Jan 14, 2020 at 23:17

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These things can be

fully typed with just one hand on a QWERTY keyboard, in the standard touch typing position. The words that cannot be this all require the usage of both hands.

  • $\begingroup$ Very good :) Have you heard this before, or did you work it out really quickly? (It had me stumped for ages.) $\endgroup$
    – Earlien
    Commented Jan 14, 2020 at 13:17
  • $\begingroup$ @Earlien I've heard so many other riddles about rot13(xrlobneq erfgevpgvbaf) that rot13(glcvat bhg gur jbeqf) is one of the first things I try if nothing comes to mind. $\endgroup$
    – ZanyG
    Commented Jan 14, 2020 at 13:55

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