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    Jamil Guest

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    what are the differences between the two questions:
    Why couldn't he has come to the party?
    Why couldn't he come to the party?

    Many thanks

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    I think the first should be Why hasn't he come to the party?
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    Re:
    • Why hasn't he come to the party?

    Meaning:
    • "What is the reason he didn't go come the party?"

    (He might have changed his mind about going.)

    Re:
    • Why couldn't he come to the party?

    Meaning:
    • "What prevented him from coming to the party?"

    (Perhaps some urgent matter demanded his attention.)

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