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    Default I could have won first prize

    Does b always mean prizes by ranking while a means the order of awarding?

    a)I could have won the first prize
    b)I could have won first prize.

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    Default Re: I could have won first prize

    A) could be either IMO- it's another one for the context.

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    Default Re: I could have won first prize

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    A) could be either IMO- it's another one for the context.
    I'm sorry I don't get your explanation.

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    Default Re: I could have won first prize

    [not a teacher]

    Tdol means that one can't tell the meaning, without additional context (information surrounding the statements).

    To me, I think you are correct, except I would remove "always", because context matters.
    Last edited by BobSmith; 01-Feb-2012 at 13:22. Reason: Added my opinion on the OP.

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