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    Help me teacher

    Hi teachers!

    Please tell me which following sentence is correct:
    -I could not choose where I was born
    -I could not have chosen where I was born
    -I was not able to choose where I was born

    Thanks a lot

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    Re: Help me teacher

    What about:
    I couldn't choose where to be born

    Neither a teacher nor a native speaker

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    #3

    Exclamation Re: Help me teacher

    Quote Originally Posted by mowgly View Post
    Hi teachers!

    Please tell me which following sentence is correct:
    -I could not choose where I was born
    -I could not have chosen where I was born
    -I was not able to choose where I was born

    Thanks a lot
    All the three are structurally correct and can be used with proper context.
    However the use of the words ‘choose’ and ‘where’, some what do not go well with the sentences. How can you have the choice to select the place of your birth before being born? I think you can use the verb ‘tell’ or ‘answer’ instead of ‘choose’ to make sense. ‘where’ points towards a place. Of course, your birth is related to place and time. If you link your birth with time, then use ‘when’ instead of ‘where’. So by changing the verb, your 1st and last sentences can be taken as an answer to the following question.
    Did you answer the question in the interview, relating to your place of birth?
    I could not answer where I was born.
    Or
    I was not able to answer where I was born.

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