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perfectmore

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Hi

I am confused about the usage of "could have been " so give me some examples with your valuable explanation.

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MashUK

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Hello,
The following model "could+perfect Infinitive" refers the action to the past.

If you say "It could have been done in the long run",you mean that it wasn't done in the end.
E.G. I could have gone with you if had enough of time (I had an opportunity to go but i didn't use it, because i was lacking time)

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Maria
 

Anglika

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Hello,
The following model "could+perfect Infinitive" refers the action to the past.

If you say "It could have been done in the long run",you mean that it wasn't done in the end - but that it would have been if you had not stopped when you did.
E.G. I could have gone with you if had enough of time I had had enough time(I had an opportunity to go but i didn't use it, because i was lacking time)

All the best,
Maria

Good explanation otherwise;-)
 

perfectmore

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hi teachers,

Pls let me know the more usage of Could have been , would have been & could have ...

Could u compare all of those.

thanks in advance
 
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