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    could have / could have been

    Dear friends/teachers,

    please let me know the way of using "could have" and "could have been".

    For eg. if a boss asks his employee to improve a work more which is already good, would it be good to say -
    "It could have been better"
    or
    "It could have better"

    Best Regards

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    Re: could have / could have been

    Quote Originally Posted by deeppra View Post
    Dear friends/teachers,

    please let me know the way of using "could have" and "could have been".

    For eg. if a boss asks his employee to improve a work more which is already good, would it be good to say -
    "It could have been better"
    or
    "It could have better"

    Best Regards
    'It could have been better.' Can you see why 'could have better' is wrong?

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    Re: could have / could have been

    Hello,
    May I ?

    It could have been better.
    Does it mean that the boss wants me to do something about it?

    Which one sounds more critical?
    It could be better if you ....
    It could have been better.

    What about :
    It could have better .... (say what)
    It could have better designed stairs.
    Does it suggest that the boss wants me to do something about it ?


    Cheers.

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