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Thread: might/could

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    In this sentence : I locked the door in order that we might continue our discussion peacefully.

    1- Is might here used for pesent tense? ie : to continue our dicusion now ? or it is talking about a situation in the past (a dicussion happened in the past) ?if it only for present , how to say the same sentence for the past tense?

    2- In each cases above ( whether it was for past or present) ,can might be replaced by could with the same meaning ?

    thanks in advance

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    Re: might/could

    Locked anchors the event in the past with no link to the present. Therefore, might refers to a past discussion.
    Might can well be replaced by might with slightly the same meaning.
    I've locked the door so that we can , may could might continue ..


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