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    • Join Date: May 2007
    • Posts: 8

    Red face help with could/should?

    Hi all

    For the sentence 'You could have fed the cat' I need to come up with a context from which to elicit the target language. The most simple idea I can think of is saying that my flat mate is very lazy and that one day I came home and the cat was very hungry - what do you think I said to my flat mate? - You could have fed the cat.

    I'm having trouble with this though - wouldn't this be 'you SHOULD have fed the cat'??? Any help on this much appreciated!


    • Join Date: Oct 2006
    • Posts: 19,434

    Re: help with could/should?

    "You knew I was going to be late home. You could have fed the cat!"

    If you are really angry - "you could at least have fed the cat [even if you did nothing else about the place]"


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