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    #1

    asking could vs could have been

    hi,

    1. So could he be dosed by something?
    2. so could he have been dosed by something?

    When I intend to ask about a past situation? Both could be right? I can't tell the difference...

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    #2

    Re: asking could vs could have been

    Number one is a hypothetical. (It's something that could happen but hasn't yet.) Number two is something that has happened, but we are not entirely sure what it is that has happened. In any case, you cannot be dosed by something. Possibly:

    Matt: Jack, what do you think happened?
    Jack: I think maybe he was drugged.



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    Re: asking could vs could have been

    If you are talking about a past possibility that you are not certain about, use 2.

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    #4

    Re: asking could vs could have been

    Please don't post the same question more than once- it makes things unnecessarily complicated.

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