How do you know which tense to use? Does the usual rule about a ‘beginning and end’ apply?

Claire

Kwiziq community member

3 October 2018

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How do you know which tense to use? Does the usual rule about a ‘beginning and end’ apply?

This relates to:
Using poder to say could have [done something] (modal verbs) -

Inma

Kwiziq language super star

3 October 2018

3/10/18

Hola Claire,

With modal verbs this rule is slightly different. In these cases that the action had a clear beginning or an end is not noticeable.If I say: "Pudiste/Podías/Podrías haberme llamado para hablar", (You could have called me to talk) for example, the three options are referring to something the person could have done (but he/she didn't).

We could say it is a question of style. 

Inma

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