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    We could have

    We could have had the time of our lives, if not for the dreadful weather.

    What does this mean?

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    Re: We could have

    We were prevented from having a good time as the weather was bad.
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    Re: We could have

    Quote Originally Posted by tedmc View Post
    We were prevented from having a good time as the weather was bad.
    Is there any alternate way to write this. I could not understand why did we use " if not"

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    Re: We could have

    Quote Originally Posted by Anil Giria View Post
    Is there any alternate alternative way to write this. I could not understand why did we use " if not"
    We could have had the time of our lives if it did not rain/if the weather was better.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: We could have

    Those are incorrect, Ted.

    'We could have had the time of our lives if it hadn't rained/if the weather had been better.'

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    Re: We could have

    Quote Originally Posted by tedmc View Post
    We could have had the time of our lives if it did not rain/if the weather was better.
    Is there any alternate alternative way to write this. I could not understand why did we use " if not"

    Why "alternate" is not correct? Is using "did" redundant or wrong?

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    Re: We could have

    'Alternative' means 'another choice/possibility'. 'Alternate' means 'every other one/one in two'. In AmE, 'alternate' can be used to mean 'alternative' so whether it is right or wrong in your sentence depends on one's point of view.

    Using 'did' is wrong. It should be either, I could not understand why we used "if not", or, Why did we use "if not"?
    I am not a teacher

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    Re: We could have

    'We could have had the time of our lives but for the rain/the dreadful weather.'

    Quote Originally Posted by tedmc View Post
    We could have had the time of our lives if it did not rain/if the weather was better.
    The past subjunctive in an if-clause does not refer to the past.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: We could have

    Try:

    If the weather had been better we could have had a good time.

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    Re: We could have

    Quote Originally Posted by Roman55 View Post

    Using 'did' is wrong. It should be either, I could not understand why we used "if not", or, Why did we use "if not"?
    Does it mean that we can't use "did" with "could"? Please clarify.

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