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  1. Anonymous
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    "could have"?

    Hello

    Would you look at the following sentence?

    #1 I wish I could drive a car then.
    I found this sentence in the answer of the exercise. Does this make sense? I think #1 should be #2 because there is "then."
    #2 I wish I could have driven a car then.
    I'll be happy to know the answer.

    Thank you. :)

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    Re: "could have"?

    Quote Originally Posted by Lina
    Hello

    Would you look at the following sentence?

    #1 I wish I could drive a car then.
    I found this sentence in the answer of the exercise. Does this make sense? I think #1 should be #2 because there is "then."
    #2 I wish I could have driven a car then.
    I'll be happy to know the answer.

    Thank you. :)
    then doesn't mean, in the past, back then; it means, in that case:

    #1 I wish I could drive a car then (i.e., in that case).

    Pat: I can't drive you to work today, sorry.
    Max: No problem. I'll take the bus.
    Pat: But the next bus is in two hours. You'll be late for work.
    Max: In that case, I'll call a taxi ~ I'll call a taxi, then.
    Pat: But a taxi will cost you $40!
    Max: In that case, I wish I could drive a car ~ I wish I could drive a car, then.

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