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    #1

    couldn't ...yet

    Hi,

    Can we use 'yet' with 'could' instead of 'have been able to'? For example,

    1- We have not been able to work it out yet.
    2- We could not work it out yet.

    Is the second one OK?

    Thanks.
    Last edited by ademoglu; 14-Aug-2016 at 17:27. Reason: 'been' added

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    Re: couldn't ...yet

    There is a word missing from sentence 1. Can you see what it is?
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #3

    Re: couldn't ...yet

    Quote Originally Posted by ademoglu View Post
    Hi,

    Can we use 'yet' with 'could' instead of 'have been able to'? For example,

    1- We have not able to work it out yet.
    2- We could not work it out yet.

    Is the second one OK?

    Thanks.
    Yes, we can. Can and its inflections are synonyms for to be able to and its inflections.
    Last edited by GoesStation; 14-Aug-2016 at 17:34. Reason: To fix a subject/verb agreement error.
    I am not a teacher.

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    #4

    Re: couldn't ...yet

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    Yes, we can. Can and its inflections is a synonym for to be able to and its inflections.
    Can we say "can and its inflections are synonyms for "to be able to" and its inflections"?
    Please, correct all my mistakes. I should know English perfectly and if you show me my mistakes I will achieve my dream a little bit faster. A lot of thanks.

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    Re: couldn't ...yet

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    There is a word missing from sentence 1. Can you see what it is?
    I forgot to put 'been.'

    Thanks for it.

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    Re: couldn't ...yet

    Quote Originally Posted by Boris Tatarenko View Post
    Can we say "can and its inflections are synonyms for "to be able to" and its inflections"?
    Yes. In fact, that's what I should have written. I added and its inflections and failed to change the verb.
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    #7

    Re: couldn't ...yet

    I am usually in agreement with Goes but not this time. I don't find "yet" appropriate for "could."
    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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    #8

    Re: couldn't ...yet

    Like Barb, I find that combination unnatural.

    We hadn't found it yet.
    We haven't found it yet.
    We hadn't yet been able to find it.

    We can't find it at the moment.
    We couldn't find it at that time.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #9

    Re: couldn't ...yet

    Are you basically saying "I can't find it yet" and "I couldn't find it yet" do not sound natural to you?
    What about "we couldn't have found it yet"?
    Please, correct all my mistakes. I should know English perfectly and if you show me my mistakes I will achieve my dream a little bit faster. A lot of thanks.

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    Re: couldn't ...yet

    None of those is natural, Boris.

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