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Without a map, I couldn't find that place.
Can that sentence mean "If I don't have a map, it is possible that I can not find that place."?
May 3, 2020 8:36 PM
Comments · 5
You should say without a map, I won't / wouldn't find that place
May 3, 2020
Oh, I noticed your reply now! Thank you very much! It's really nice to know that. :)
May 7, 2020
Yes, I agre that the original sentence can, confusingly, have those three meanings.

Yes, the second sentence and the new, fourth, sentence are equivalent to each other.
May 4, 2020
Thank you very much. :)
I don't have any context. I think it sounds like talking about the past, too, but I wanted to make sure.

Some time ago, someone from England told me that the sentence can mean
1. Without a map, I wasn't able to find that place, or
2. Without a map, I wouldn't have been able to find that place, or
3. As I didn't have a map, I couldn't find that place.

And I'm happy with it, but now what if it's
"Without a map, I couldn't have found that place"?
Is this just to make sure to mean the same as the second one above?
May 3, 2020
No, it sounds like it's talking about something that took place in the past. Is there more context you can provide?
May 3, 2020
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