Student or Learner
Nice to see you.
Here goes a question from a test paper by Chinese:
.óIíve got to go now.
óMust you ?I ______you could stay for dinner with us.
A. think B. thought
C. have thought D. am thinking
The given answer is B.
I actually know that. The second speaker expressed the disappointment.
My question is :how about A or D?
Personally, A, which is present simple, means the second speaker never changes his or her mind, and that "you are allowed to stay but maybe you won't".
D, presnet progressive, is a polite way to mean the same thing as A, but it suggests limited duration, with a message that "your decision may change my mind soon".
Am I right?
If we added a conj to it, would it work?-----Must you? BUT I think you COULD stay.......
Would you kindly help me?
Thank you in advance.
'I think/am thinking' don't work with 'could'. You could use the past progressive.