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    those who could not bear

    While other verbs are all present forms, this "could not bear" is the only past tense. Did the writer make a mistake or is it a low-possibillity, hypothetical present?

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    They start to discuss their views on P-chan and the issue of cooking her for lunch. The class is divided: those who could not bear to kill and eat P-chan, and those who argue that they should stick to the original plan. While some students argue that P-chan is more than a pig, that she is a friend and even a member of the class, other students argue that when a pig reaches the age of six months old, it should be butchered for meat.

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    Re: those who could not bear

    Quote Originally Posted by keannu View Post
    While other verbs are all present forms, this "could not bear" is the only past tense. Did the writer make a mistake or is it a low-possibillity, hypothetical present?

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    They start to discuss their views on P-chan and the issue of cooking her for lunch. The class is divided: those who could not bear to kill and eat P-chan, and those who argue that they should stick to the original plan. While some students argue that P-chan is more than a pig, that she is a friend and even a member of the class, other students argue that when a pig reaches the age of six months old, it should be butchered for meat.
    There is no problem with the sentence. Don't confuse "tenses" in modal verbs with tenses in other verbs.

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    Re: those who could not bear

    So does "could" mean the present or the past?

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    Re: those who could not bear

    Quote Originally Posted by keannu View Post
    So does "could" mean the present or the past?
    Yes. It can even imply the future, i.e what has not yet happened.

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