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    Does the response make sense?

    --Our women athletes achieved great success in the Vancouver Olympic Winter Games.
    --Yes. No one could perform better, I think.

    Does the response sound good to native English speakers?

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    Re: Does the response make sense?

    Quote Originally Posted by joham View Post
    --Our women athletes achieved great success in the Vancouver Olympic Winter Games.
    --Yes. No one could have performed better, I think.

    Does the response sound good to native English speakers?
    Almost Your response means 'However much the other competitors tried, they could not perform better than our women athletes'. The response should use a perfect. Strangely, this little change in the tense changes the meaning of 'No one' from 'no other competitor from among the other competitors' to 'no possible replacements for our own competitors [in an ideal world]'.

    And the 'I think' is probably superfluous; or if you want to emphasize that it's only a personal opinion, you could say '...cd have performed better, in my view'. Another way of achieving the same effect (and maybe more natural sounding...) would be 'Yes. I don't think anyone could have performed/done better.'

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    Last edited by BobK; 27-Apr-2010 at 11:45. Reason: Removed reference to 'past' perfect

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    Re: Does the response make sense?

    You're welcome. Sorry about the slip (fixed now, johan! I think my use of 'past perfect' was wrong - 'has performed' is present perfect, 'had performed' is past perfect, but I don't know what to call it when you append a modal). Perhaps another teacher will chip in.

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