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    #1

    It could have

    It could have been done easily.

    Is this OK? Does this mean that in the past we could do something easily?

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    #2

    Re: It could have

    Yes.
    I am not a teacher.

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    #3

    Re: It could have

    Suniljain, I'd like to suggest that you construct a few sentences including "It could have been done easily" to make sure you understand it correctly.


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    #4

    Re: It could have

    Quote Originally Posted by suniljain View Post
    It could have been done easily.

    Is this OK? Does this mean that in the past we could do something easily?
    It's something that wasn't done but could have been done. The person saying it probably wishes it had been done.

    (There has to be some context for that.)

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    #5

    Re: It could have

    It could also mean that something was done in an awkward or difficult way when, in fact, it could have been done more easily.
    “Every miserable fool who has nothing at all of which he can be proud, adopts as a last resource pride in the nation to which he belongs; he is ready and happy to defend all its faults and follies tooth and nail, thus reimbursing himself for his own inferiority.”

    — Arthur Schopenhauer

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    #6

    Re: It could have

    The OP can try to use it as a main clause followed by a conditional clause.
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