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    #1

    could have won vs could win.

    Hello.

    I wrote: "We could win, but alas, we didnt" and someone corrected: "We could have won, but alas, we didn't".

    What's the difference between mine and yours sentences? I think my sentence means the same thing.
    Am I right?

    Thanks.
    Please, correct all my mistakes. I should know English perfectly and if you show me my mistakes I will achieve my dream a little bit faster. A lot of thanks.

    Not a teacher nor a native speaker.

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    #2

    Re: could have won vs could win.

    Quote Originally Posted by Boris Tatarenko View Post

    I wrote: "We could win, but alas, we didn't"
    That is not possible.

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    #3

    Re: could have won vs could win.

    We use both "could" and "could have verb" in a past context. So, what's the difference?
    Please, correct all my mistakes. I should know English perfectly and if you show me my mistakes I will achieve my dream a little bit faster. A lot of thanks.

    Not a teacher nor a native speaker.

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    #4

    Re: could have won vs could win.

    Quote Originally Posted by Boris Tatarenko View Post
    We use both "could" and "could have verb" in a past context. So, what's the difference?
    On its own "could" doesn't indicate the past; "could have" does.
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 18-Feb-2014 at 23:04. Reason: Typos

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    #5

    Re: could have won vs could win.

    "We could win" is speaking of a future possibility.

    "We could have won" is speaking about a past counter-factual.

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