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    "I could've have let him stay in the street, right?" VS

    My friend got kicked out of his place by his wife. And I let him stay at my house. And I say to my wife:

    "I couldn't have let him stay in the street, right?" VS

    "I Couldn't let him stay in the street."

    Are both okay here?
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    Re: "I could've have let him stay in the street, right?" VS

    Are you sure you meant to start your first suggestion with "I could've have ..."?
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: "I could've have let him stay in the street, right?" VS

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    Are you sure you meant to start your first suggestion with "I could've have ..."?
    Sorry, that was a typo:

    "I couldn't have let him stay in the street, right?"

    Are both useable?

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    Re: "I could've have let him stay in the street, right?" VS

    Hi,
    Please note I'm not a teacher nor a native speaker.

    Usually in that context the phrase is living on the streets.
    Please don't take my comment as implying that your version is incorrect.

    Cheers.

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    Re: "I could've have let him stay in the street, right?" VS

    That's what I thought. You don't need a capital "c" on "couldn't" in the second example. However, they're both usable. Note that a more natural ending would be "could I?"

    I couldn't leave him out on the street, could I?
    I couldn't have left him out on the street, could I?

    Note that in BrE, we say that a homeless person is "on the street(s)", not "in the street".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: "I could've have let him stay in the street, right?" VS

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    That's what I thought. You don't need a capital "c" on "couldn't" in the second example. However, they're both usable. Note that a more natural ending would be "could I?"

    I couldn't leave him out on the street, could I?
    I couldn't have left him out on the street, could I?

    Note that in BrE, we say that a homeless person is "on the street(s)", not "in the street".
    Should I change it to:

    I couldn't leave him out in the street, could I?
    I couldn't have left him out in the street, could I?

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    Re: "I could've have let him stay in the street, right?" VS

    Since I just told you that in BrE "on the streets" is more natural, I am unlikely to suggest that you use "in the street". Did you perhaps mean to put the word "out" in bold? That was the word I added which did not appear in your originals.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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