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    #1

    Salim could not make it to the party as he __________ to finish his assignment

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    What will be the answer?

    why not "had" can be the answer?
    I am considering "had" because "could" is mentioned before it and which is in past tense.

    Sorry for this very basic question

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    #2

    Re: Salim could not make it to the party as he __________ to finish his assignment

    "had"
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    #3

    Re: Salim could not make it to the party as he __________ to finish his assignment

    Quote Originally Posted by ganeshmodi555 View Post
    why not "had" can be the answer?

    Why can "had" not be the answer?

    while(true)
    Please note the correct way to ask your question.

    Did somebody tell you that "had" is the wrong answer?

    Why have you written "while(true)"?

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    #4

    Re: Salim could not make it to the party as he __________ to finish his assignment

    Both had and has are possible. The latter works only if the assignment has not been completed at the time of speaking.

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    Re: Salim could not make it to the party as he __________ to finish his assignment

    I think "has" would work better with "cannot" as a verb.

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    Re: Salim could not make it to the party as he __________ to finish his assignment

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    I think "has" would work better with "cannot" as a verb.
    It works perfectly well with 'could not' in the right context. Salim did/could not come with me to this party because he has to finish his assignment. In that particular sentence 'cannot' does not work.

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