The following sentence is collected from cricinfo.com :

They were under a little bit of pressure then. If we could have carried on, we could have set them 220 or even more than that. So to get out then was very disappointing.

I wonder why the writer has used "could have + carried on " instead of "had + carried on". What does the writer want to express?


"Could have carried on" is simply inexact English. Your instinct is correct: "If we had carried on, we could have set them..." would have been a much better construction.

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