could have left the country

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could have left the country

Post by navi » Sat Jan 16, 2021 10:06 am

Which are correct:

1) We don't know where he is. He might have left the country.

2) We don't know where he is. He could have left the country.

3) It was fortunate we didn't go mountain climbing. We might have died in that avalanche.

4) It was fortunate we didn't go mountain climbing. We could have died in that avalanche.

Gratefully,
Navi
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Re: could have left the country

Post by Phil White » Sat Jan 16, 2021 3:18 pm

They are all grammatically acceptable. The distinction between "might" and "could", if there is one, is very subtle indeed. I feel that "might" tends to indicate a more remote possibility than "could", but it is not a distinction to get hung up about.
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