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    could have done

    Hi.
    I don't get the meaning of the first sentence of the dialogue.

    A: What _____ she have done to be fired so suddenly?
    B: I heard she was selling company secrets to the competition.

    (a) can't
    (b) could
    (c) will
    (d) might


    The answer is (b) could.
    But how about (d)?

    If could has a meaning of possiblity and is used as the meaning,
    might is also answer because might has the same meaning.

    My question is...
    1) What is the meaning of 'What could she have done to be fired so suddenly? ' ?

    2) The answer is (b), but why is (d) not the answer?

    I'm looking forward to a clear explanation.
    Thank you in advance.
    Last edited by siruss; 25-May-2007 at 04:19.

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    Re: could have done

    I agree that 'might' is also possible; it's a question of degrees of possibilty.

    What could she have done to be fired so suddenly? [real/possible suggestions please]

    What might she have done to be fired so suddenly? [let your imagination run riot]

    b


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    Re: could have done

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    I agree that 'might' is also possible; it's a question of degrees of possibilty.

    What could she have done to be fired so suddenly? [real/possible suggestions please]

    What might she have done to be fired so suddenly? [let your imagination run riot]

    b

    Thank you, BobK.
    I appreciate your help.

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