Element USE: PAST POSSIBILITY
SuperCat MODALITY
SubCat could
Lexical Range N/A
Level B2
Cando Can used affirmative 'could' have + '-ed' to talk about past possibility.
Corrected Learner Example Alice was disappointed that her mother could have phoned her but she did not. (Japan; B2 VANTAGE; 2001; Japanese; Pass)

I think that all these problems could have been avoided and that asking my money back is the best way of forgetting that evening. (Spain; B2 VANTAGE; 2000; Catalan; Pass)

I was grateful to them because the ticket was so expensive that I couldn't have bought it. (Italy; B2 VANTAGE; 1993; Italian; Pass)
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