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    • Join Date: Jul 2007
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    did or could

    From the time of their introduction, however, the problem of opening the cans ______ not detract from their wide acceptance as a solution to the problem of food preservation
    a) could
    b) did

    What do you choose and how come?

    • Join Date: Feb 2008
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    Smile Re: did or could

    Personally, I would choose 'did' for your example. 'Could' seems to me a little doubtful, whereas 'did' is a lot more definite and as such fits the context.


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