I have to say sorry for my mistake. The original text which the sentence (2) came from is as follows:
You can see that here the use of 'could' is a common example of subjunctive in a sentence with a if-clause, not like what I said in #1.
So in fact it can be concluded that your speaking score is awarded purely on the basis of your spoken language. In theory it could be possible for a candidate to arrive at the interview in dirty old clothes, be implite, invent answers, tell lies and hold unreasonable or controversial opinions and still achieve a high scroe if he or her demonstrated the features described in the marking system—i.e. native-speaker style spoken English.
I can add an example from my own experience here. Many years ago in an IELTS
speaking test, I interview a young lady who was arrogant, impolite, impatient and quite rude—I awarded this candidate a score of 8 because her spoken English mathched the descriptions in the marking system for band score 8.
Now there is still something confusing me.
In the text I quoted above, the author used subjunctive (the sentence in blue) to describe an 'unreal' occurrence; and immediately, he took a 'real' example to support his 'unreal' description. Is there anything conflicting? In my amateur opinion, the use of subjunctive is somewhat improper. Can you give me some explanation or advice?
There are still much use of 'could' confusing me.
(1) "What shall we do tomorrow?" "Well, we could go shopping."
(2) It couldn't rain tomorrow.
Can 'could' be used in the future tense?
Thanks in advance.
I'm expecting your post on 'can/could' all the same. ^_^