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Consider this sentence, please:

Last night I dreamed of a wonderful vacation. I could never have dreamed of a better vacation!

Is the second sentence talking about my inability to dream of a better vacation only in the past or is it talking about my inability to dream at any time?

Can I use the following sentence to talk about my future inability?

I could never dream of a better vacation.

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The correct use = I never would have dreamed of a better vacation.

I could never dream = referring to your past ability or lack thereof.

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Can I use the following sentence to talk about my future inability?

  • Yes

Is the second sentence talking about my inability to dream of a better vacation only in the past or is it talking about my inability to dream at any time?

  • in the past

Reason

  • There was a time when X could never have kept me spellbound. (Hypothetical - X didn't try to keep me spellbound but would not have been able to)

  • There was a time when X could never keep me spellbound. (There were times when X tried to keep me spellbound but failed.)

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