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    Second Conditionals

    What would be the difference between the following two clauses?

    If I had studied harder, ..

    If I could have studied harder, ...
    I have only a vague idea that could may add an element of ability. Could anyone here specify the difference for me?

    Many thanks

    Richard

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    Re: Second Conditionals

    Quote Originally Posted by cubezero3 View Post
    What would be the difference between the following two clauses?



    I have only a vague idea that could may add an element of ability. Could anyone here specify the difference for me?

    Many thanks

    Richard
    Possible paraphrases of your second utterance are:

    If I had been able to study;
    If it had been possible for me to study;
    If I had had the opportunity to study.

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