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    Student: Sorry I couldn't do my homework.
    Teacher: You could ask your parents to help you.
    Is it possible to use the teacher's sentence to make or refer to a suggestion in the past? Or we have to use could + have + past participle?

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    Re: could

    Quote Originally Posted by English4everyone View Post
    Student: Sorry I couldn't do my homework.
    Teacher: You could ask your parents to help you.
    Is it possible to use the teacher's sentence to make or refer to a suggestion in the past? Or we have to use could + have + past participle?
    It should be "could have asked".

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    Re: could

    Quote Originally Posted by English4everyone View Post
    Student: Sorry I couldn't do my homework.
    Teacher: You could ask your parents to help you.
    Is it possible to use the teacher's sentence to make or refer to a suggestion in the past? Or we have to use could + have + past participle?
    The dialogue is correct if the teacher means, "When[ever] you can't do your homework, you could ask your parents to help you." And this is just as likely.
    The teacher's line is only incorrect if you assume s/he means "could have asked".
    But, no, you can't use "could ask" to mean "could have asked".

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