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    could

    Hi,

    - Actually, we could study French until five o'clock, but we didn't because it seemed so boring. (P.S. it is 6 o'clock now)

    I would like to ask if I can use 'could' for a past possibility in that sense or must I use 'could have' instead of 'could' ?

    Thanks.

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    Re: could

    Quote Originally Posted by aysaa View Post
    Hi,

    - Actually, we could study French until five o'clock, but we didn't because it seemed so boring. (P.S. it is 6 o'clock now)

    I would like to ask if I can use 'could' for a past possibility in that sense or must I use 'could have' instead of 'could' ?

    Thanks.
    If it is now 6pm, you have to say "We could have studied French until 5 ..." if you are talking about 5pm on the same day, the 5pm which has already passed. If it is now 6pm and you are talking about tomorrow, then you can say "We could study French until 5pm tomorrow [but I bet we don't!]"
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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