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    #1

    Could have

    Hello!

    Is it possible to say I was able to get you a ticket instead of I could have got you ticket?

    Thanks in advance!

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    Re: Could have

    Quote Originally Posted by greegorush View Post
    Hello!

    Is it possible to say I was able to get you a ticket instead of I could have got you ticket?

    Thanks in advance!

    Hi mate,
    In the first sentence it's not obvious wether you got him a ticket or not, but in the latter one you didn't do such a thing...As you can see both forms are correct, of course with a subtle difference in the meaning...Remember, I could've done Sth... means I had the opportunity to do Sth in the past, but I Did Not Do That...Hope this works...


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    Re: Could have

    "I was able to get you a ticket" implies that you did get the ticket. "I could have got you a ticket" means that I had the opportunity and ability, but for some reason I did not. You could say "I would have been able to get you a ticket (had I known you wanted one)."

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