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    Default Reported speech - could have been

    There is a sentence: 'There could have been more dissatisfied customers.' said the analyst.
    The analyst suspected...
    The answer is: 'that there had been more dissatisfied customers', and is it incorrect to say: 'that there could have been more dissatisfied customers'?

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    Default Re: Reported speech - could have been

    Quote Originally Posted by barnej0096 View Post
    There is a sentence: 'There could have been more dissatisfied customers.' said the analyst.
    The analyst suspected...
    The answer is: 'that there had been more dissatisfied customers', and is it incorrect to say: 'that there could have been more dissatisfied customers'?
    With "suspected" you don't really need "could".

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