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    could visit/have visited

    Hi,
    Please tell me if both are correct. The bare infinitive is in the first sentence and the perfect infinitive is in the second one.
    1. You could visit Aunt Martha while you were in London.
    2. You could have visited Aunt Martha while you were in London.
    Thanks.

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    Re: could visit/have visited

    1. You could visit Aunt Martha while you were in London.
    => ... while you are in London.

    2. You could have visited Aunt Martha while you were in London.

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    Re: could visit/have visited

    Thank you, soup.

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    Re: could visit/have visited

    Quote Originally Posted by Soup View Post
    1. You could visit Aunt Martha while you were in London.
    => ... while you are in London.

    2. You could have visited Aunt Martha while you were in London.

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    Hi, Soup.
    Do you mean that if I used "while you are in London", "You could visit Aunt Martha" would be correct?
    Could you please explain why "could" is correct when you changed "were" to "are"?
    I think "could" should be "can" too.
    Thanks.


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    Re: could visit/have visited

    Quote Originally Posted by mylevt View Post
    Hi, Soup.
    Do you mean that if I used "while you are in London", "You could visit Aunt Martha" would be correct?
    Could you please explain why "could" is correct when you changed "were" to "are"?
    I think "could" should be "can" too.
    Thanks.
    I am a student but this post is on the second page so I will give it a go .

    "could" in this case is not the past tense of can. It expresses possibility of visiting aunt Martha. In contrast, can may express ability:
    1. I can swim.
    2. You could swim when you are in aunt Martha's house. She has a swimming pool.
    3. You could have visited aunt Martha while you were in London (but you did not).

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    #6
    Quote Originally Posted by mylevt View Post
    Hi, Soup.
    Do you mean that if I used "while you are in London", "You could visit Aunt Martha" would be correct? yes
    Could you please explain why "could" is correct when you changed "were" to "are"? Because "while you are in London" refers to the future (at least as far as the visit is concerned), but "were" refers to the past so a visit is no longer possible.

    You (could)(can) visit Aunt Martha while you are in London.
    I think "could" should be "can" too. Both are correct.
    Thanks.
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