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    Dear teachers,

    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.

    Thanks

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    Re: Could & Might

    Quote Originally Posted by kl004535 View Post
    Dear teachers,

    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.

    Thanks
    In my very humble opinion, these three sentences are all correct and mean the same. But let's wait until someone checks it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kl004535 View Post
    Dear teachers,

    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.

    Thanks
    Can is generally present tense and is used to show that someone has the ability to do something in the present or future time. Could is used to be the past tense form of can, used to establish a level of doubt or uncertainty.

    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.”

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    Quote Originally Posted by sarat_106 View Post
    Can is generally present tense and is used to show that someone has the ability to do something in the present or future time. Could is used to be the past tense form of can, "could" is not always the past tense of 'can'. used to establish a level of doubt or uncertainty.

    Here somebody (one word) 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. no
    The management is as bad as it (could)(can) be.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2006 View Post
    The management is as bad as it (could)(can) be.
    Does it mean that there is a difference between could and can in the following sentences ?

    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

    Thanks

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    Re: Could & Might

    Quote Originally Posted by kl004535 View Post
    Does it mean that there is a difference between could and can in the following sentences ?
    No, both sentences mean that the management is as bad as it is possible for it to be.

    1. The management is as bad as it could be.
    (it means the management is as bad as it was in the past)
    No, the sentence has nothing to do with the past.

    2. The management is as bad as it can be.
    (it means the management is as bad as the worst at present) This is not a good sentence.





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    Thank you 2006, my self-confidence was shaken for a while.

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