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    We couldn't use the milk because it ____ bad.
    A has been B has gone C had been D had gone
    The answer is D, I know, which is reasonable.
    My question is:could we say B(We couldn't use the milk because it has gone bad.)?
    I guess the speaker is shy or he/she just is giving advice in a polite way, so he/she may say so.
    Thank you very much.

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    Smile Re: could

    Quote Originally Posted by norwolf View Post
    We couldn't use the milk because it ____ bad.
    A has been B has gone C had been D had gone
    The answer is D, I know, which is reasonable.
    My question is:could we say B(We couldn't use the milk because it has gone bad.)?
    I guess the speaker is shy or he/she just is giving advice in a polite way, so he/she may say so.
    Thank you very much.
    It's quite possible to say so, just to make your statement more tentative, as you said.


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