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takkk asked in Society & CultureLanguages · 2 months ago

Native English speakers or master users of English: A follow-up question about "could"?

How about this example? Does this sentence sound okay? Or is it better to say, "I could have answered the question." instead of "I could answer"?

I could answer the question, but the teacher did not give me a chance because the time was up.

Thank you. I'd appreciate your feedback.

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  • 2 months ago
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    "I could have answered."  Notice "the teacher DID NOT GIVE me a chance." That is in the past tense.  So "I could have answered" has to be in past tense also.  

  • 2 months ago

    Depends on what you mean. If you mean you could answer it now, which is unlikely, then "could answer" would be correct. If you mean that you could have answered the question when the teacher answered it in the past, then "could have" would be correct.

  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    Now:  I could answer the question.

    The past:  I could have answered the question.

    You're talking about an incident in the past.

  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

                   

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  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    "could have answered" is what you must say there. It's PAST TENSE.

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