podrÃa haberlo hecho
|Date:||Friday, February 13, 2009, 13:26|
--- In email@example.com, RenÃ© Uittenbogaard <ruittenb@...>
> During my Spanish lesson, my spanish teacher explained to me that
> instead of the spanish sentence:
> HabrÃa podido hacerlo
> Ik zou het hebben kunnen(*) doen
> I would have been able to do it
> he would normally say:
> PodrÃa haberlo hecho
> Ik zou het kunnen hebben gedaan
> I would be able to have done it (?)
> but even though we recognized the grammatical difference, we were
> not able to distill the difference in meaning.
> Is there any? If so, what is it?
> Are the english translations accurate enough?
> Is there a difference in usage of both spanish sentences?
The second sounds wrong to me. Why would I speak of my present
ability to perform an action in the past? It seems to me that
the "pastness" is in the ability and not in the doing.
I think many today would say, "I used to be able to do it."