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it can be because

Posted: 06 May 2013, 14:10
by GBShaw
Without any context, in English is it possible to say:

it can be because....?

I don't think it can, because to refer to a present situation meaning possibility, we use COULD BE, and a past, COULD HAVE BEEN, and CAN is not acceptable English, but I hope a teacher can verify my statement.

Re: it can be because

Posted: 22 Oct 2013, 18:30
by MarkTeacher
Hi GB Shaw,

I'm a native English teacher online on skype and I agree that it would be 'it could be because'. It sounds better and I believe as you rightly indicate the reason is because we are talking about a conditional or dependent possibility when utlising this structure. I hope that makes sense. Have a great day.