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    #1

    If I could have stopped

    1. If I could have stopped, there wouldn't have been an accident.
    2. If I had been able to stop, there wouldn't have been an accident.

    Is sentence 1. a good written form? I wonder whether sentence 1. is acceptable in the TOFEL test.

    Many many thanks in advance.


    • Join Date: Dec 2007
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    #2

    Re: If I could have stopped

    Sentence 2 is more correct than sentence 1.
    For sentence 1, it sounds better to say:
    "If i had stopped, there wouldnīt have been an accident". I donīt think it would be acceptable to say it the way you did.

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