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    hi

    can any one teach me with suitable examples the use and meaing of culd not have been, please?

    also, what is the difference between Emigration and immigration?

    Thank you..

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    Re: Could not have been

    Quote Originally Posted by Biden09 View Post
    also, what is the difference between Emigration and immigration?
    Emigration - leaving native country to settle in another country (You can emigrate to any country).
    Immigration - the process of arriving people to any country (they immigrate to your country).
    So it depends on a direction of migration.


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    Re: Could not have been

    migration is when a person moves from one area, or from one country, to settle in another.

    The prefix 'e-' before a noun means 'out of', so:
    emigrate means when a person leaves their own country (moves out of their own country) to live in another country.

    One meaning of the prefix 'im-' before a noun (a noun beginning with 'm'**) means 'in; into; toward' , so
    immigration means the act of coming to live permanently in a foreign country, (that is, moves to, into, another country)

    ** note that 'migration' begins with 'm', so we use 'im' as the prefix.
    Another meaning of 'im' is 'not', as in
    mobilized, immobilized - note that 'mobilized' begins with an 'm' so we use 'im' as the prefix
    compare
    logical, illogical - 'logical' begins with 'l', and so 'il' is used as the prefix.
    numerable, innumerable - 'numerable' begins with an 'n', so 'in' is used as the prefix.
    im-, il-, and in- depending on the first letter of the noun.
    Last edited by David L.; 16-Feb-2009 at 07:49.

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    Re: Could not have been

    Quote Originally Posted by Biden09 View Post
    hi

    can anyone teach me, with suitable examples, the use and meaning of 'could not have been', please?



    Thank you..
    "could not have been" means 'was not possible'.


    I could not have been happier. (= I was so happy that it was not possible to be happier)

    That day could not have been a Sunday, because I was just returning from school when it happened.

    It could not have been more timely. (= it happened at just the right time)

    That could not have been prevented.
    Last edited by 2006; 16-Feb-2009 at 08:50.

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