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In my English textbox, it states that
1. The management is thoroughly bad. (simple sentence)
can be rephrased into the sentence below
2. The management is as bad as it could be. (complex sentence)
My question is why could is used instead of can, just as :
The management is as bad as it can be.
Your guidance is highly appreciated.
Here some body has established a doubt about ability of the management to deliver results which is primarily based on the past performance. When this is the way you actually perceive the situation, then you have to stick with “could.”
1. The management is as bad as it could be.
(it means the management is as bad as it was in the past)
2. The management is as bad as it can be.
(it means the managemenet is as bad as the worst at present)
your guidance is highly appreciated
Thank you 2006, my self-confidence was shaken for a while.