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9 May 2022 — Could v. Be Able

 

How would you correct this?

 

Working from home

I asked them to meet me on Zoom yesterday because I knew that I couldn’t be able to go to the office. (Zoom is video conferencing software)

 

Read the discussions below.
 

1.

I asked them to meet me on Zoom yesterday because I knew that I couldn’t be able to go to the office .

2.

I asked them to meet me on Zoom yesterday because I knew that I couldn’t go to the office.

3.

I asked them to meet me on Zoom yesterday because I knew that I couldn’t have gone to the office.

4.

I asked them to meet me on Zoom yesterday because I knew that I wasn't able to go to the office.

5.

I asked them to meet me on Zoom yesterday because I knew that I wouldn't be able to go to the office .

 

GLOSSARY

  • backshifting – in grammar, the verb in the subordinate clause (within the main clause) is adjusted to reflect the time frame of the verb in the main clause. He is the winner. → "He found out that he was the winner. See Backshifting.
  • potential (Adj) – capable of becoming real (due to unfavorable conditions)
  • unlikely (Adj) – improbable, doubtful
  • Zoom — video conferencing software

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