Hi there, should I use "have been able to do" or "could do" in the following context?

  • Liverpool have just beaten Chelsea by 10-0, which is quite unbelievable. They have done something that no other team have been able to do/could do.
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subhajit123 posted:

Hi there, should I use "have been able to do" or "could do" in the following context?

  • Liverpool have just beaten Chelsea by 10-0, which is quite unbelievable. They have done something that no other team have been able to do/could do.

Hi, Subhajit,

Welcome back!

I recommend using "has been able to do," which I strongly prefer to "could do" there. That no other team has been able to do it is evidenced by the fact that no other team did it, but that doesn't mean they couldn't do it, then or now.

Please note that "have" is incorrect in your example. "No other team" is singular; therefore you need the singular form of the verb: "has."

subhajit123 posted:

Thank you David. Can I also say 'They have done something that no other team did.'?

Hi, Subhajit,

In your variation, I recommend using "has done" rather than "did."

  • They have done something that no other team has done.

You could even elide "done" and end the sentence with "has."

  • They have done something that no other team has.
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