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    #1

    could have been doing = to refer to the future?

    Hi,

    *self-made*

    - So by the end of this week, you could have been running for 5 hours per day because you want to win the competition. Am I right?
    - So by the end of this week, you could have been running for hours because you want to win the competition. Am I right?

    I know although they might seem weird to a native English-speaker's ear, but still I would like to ask if the sentences above are grammatically OK or not. In fact, I am curious about whether I can use 'could have been doing' to refer to the future.

    Thanks.

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    Re: could have been doing = to refer to the future?

    The first is OK, the second doesn't work as well because it suggests one period of running, which doesn't quite fit.

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