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    Could have been two

    Would it be acceptable to use "could have been" twice in a row as in "He could have been smoking. So he could have been high." ? Or to avoid a reptition it mign sound better to say "He could have been smoking. So he might have been hign."?

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    Re: Could have been two

    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    Would it be acceptable to use "could have been" twice in a row as in "He could have been smoking. So he could have been high." ? Or to avoid a reptition it mign sound better to say "He could have been smoking. So he might have been hign."?
    You can use it twice in a row if it's what you need to say. Most writers would avoid the repetition.

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    Re: Could have been two

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    You can use it twice in a row if it's what you need to say. Most writers would avoid the repetition.
    Yeah. That's what I need to say. I just wasn't sure if I could use it twice in a row. Most aprreciative for your help.

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    Re: Could have been two

    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    Yeah. That's what I need to say. I just wasn't sure if I could use it twice in a row. Most aprreciative for your help.
    The context is important though. If a judge asked me, "Could he have been smoking; could he have been high?", I would answer (if it were the thruth), "Yes, your honour, he could have been smoking, and he could have been high."
    Last edited by Raymott; 14-Jan-2012 at 16:21.

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