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Tukanja
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have waited, could have waited

Post by Tukanja » Tue Jul 21, 2009 2:01 pm

Are both of the sentences grammatically correct but slightly different in meaning?

If I have waited up to now, I guess, I can wait a little longer.
If I could have waited up to now, I guess, I can wait a little longer.

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Re: have waited, could have waited

Post by ETutor » Tue Jul 21, 2009 5:29 pm

Tukanja,

The following sentences would be clearer:

Since I have waited until now, I guess I can wait a little longer
Since I have been able to wait until now, I guess I can wait a little longer.

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Re: have waited, could have waited

Post by Tukanja » Tue Jul 21, 2009 7:44 pm

I agree that the since is much better then the if in the sentences. Thanks
But why "until now" instead of "up to now"?

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