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    Pls make me understand the use of "should have" & "could have" with more examples ?

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    Re: [email protected]

    a)should have PP carries the idea of reproach or regret about an event that did not happen
    you should have opened the window

    b)should have PP in structures that express astonishment, irritation about a fact that happened in the past
    It's wonderful that you should have thought of me for the job !
    should have PP used for supposition upon an event that is positively expected

    She should have recovered by now

    could have pp used for an event which did not happen -an opportunity that was not taken . The speaker had the ability or the opportunity to do something but did not ( there are some flavour of regret or reproach)
    I could have been a doctor
    She could have bought a car!


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