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?
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
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.
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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.
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