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    As often as I liked

    Hi,

    Could you please explain me the difference between "She could come here as often as she likes" and "She could come here as often as she liked"?

    Why do we use past tense in such sentences?

    Thanks,

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    Re: As often as I liked

    The first one is not natural. It would be better with "can" instead of "could".
    The second one is fine. It refers to the past.
    “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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    Re: As often as I liked

    But like most things, context makes a difference.
    Just think what it would be like if she moved here! She could come visit ... as she likes.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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