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    couldn't have been anticipated

    "This is an unexpected situation which could not have been anticipated." [From The Guardian.]

    Does the verb phrase
    could not have been anticipated mean was impossible to anticipate in the above context?

    Thank you.
    I'm not a teacher and I'm not a native speaker of English.

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    Re: couldn't have been anticipated

    Roughly speaking, yes

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