LINGUISTICS & CULTURE
|Data:||10/NOV/2010 1:38 PM|
|Assunto:||be able to or could've / what do you mean?|
You could have asked me out yesterday. I know I was sick last week, but I was able to go out last night.
Try the same sentence with could have and the verb in the past participle
..., but I could've gone out last night. ( now I know that you didn't go out )
When she says she was "able to go out" I wonder if she went out or not but I still don't know for sure.
It is hard to tell if Natalia went out last night or she just could have.
From my experiences with native speakers, the "I was able to go out" part of the sentence would puzzle the speaker so that he or she would probably ask the speaker, "what do you mean?"
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