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    most of us could get a good score

    Dear all,

    The English test wasn't difficult, so most of us could get good scores.

    In the sentence above, is "most of us could get" fine? Or should this be corrected to "most of us got" or "most of us were able to get"?

    Thank you

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    Re: most of us could get a good score

    It depends on whether you're talking about the result or the plan of the person who put the test together.
    If it's the former, I'd expect to see "so most of us got" referring to the results which are already known, where "so" means "consequently".
    If it's the latter, "so most of us could get" would be OK because "so" could be read as "in order to ensure that".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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