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  1. B45
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    I said this to a friend of mine who's never been outside of the USA.

    I said this to a friend of mine who's never been outside of the USA.

    I can see how that can/could be confusing for you.

    Are both okay?

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    Re: I said this to a friend of mine who's never been outside of the USA.

    I would use "could" because it's a replacement for "I can see how it's possible for that to be confusing for you". "Could" represents possibility here, rather than "can" which represents "ability".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: I said this to a friend of mine who's never been outside of the USA.

    The 'can...can' version is possible (I think) but sounds odd to me; it sounds like the sort of simplified speech typical of learners tying to avoid irregular verb forms.

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