Re: I almost COULDNīT take my vacation NEXT MONTH?
It's pretty much awkward.
The problem is that "almost couldn't" while it implies that you were indeed able to do something: take your vacation as planned, it also implies that you took your vacation already, that your vacation is over, in the past, a meaning incompatible with the future time adverbial "next month".
- I could almost do it. <I didn't, however.>
- I almost couldn't do. <I did it.>
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