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Studying the use of the modal verb "can" I was confronted with a problem whether I have to use could+simple infinitive or could+perfect infinitive in this case: 1) "Nobody could make greater impression on me that you did." 2) "Nobody could have made greater impression on me that you did." Can I use both variants or there's a difference in meaning?

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  • The difference between They could make an impression and They could have made an impression is simply that in the former (present tense) case it's still possible. Feb 15, 2017 at 18:13
  • Both are incorrect because the idiom is make an impression and the articles are omitted. That's a glaring error that makes all the other errors almost invisible. Feb 15, 2017 at 21:44

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Nobody could make a greater impression on me than you did.

This could be expanded: Nobody could make a greater impression on me either now or in the future than you did at that time.

Nobody could have made a greater impression on me than you did.

This could be expanded: Nobody could have made a greater impression on me at that time than you did at that time.

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