Hätte sein können vs. Könnte gewesen sein

Discussion in 'Deutsch (German)' started by farah654, Jan 4, 2013.

  1. farah654 New Member

    hello again :) you guys were pretty helpful with my first post so here's another question that confuses me. The difference between:

    Hätte sein können and könnte gewesen sein? Is there really a difference in meaning or can they both be used to say "could have been". I recognize the first one as konjunktiv 2, but whats the second one?

    Thanks again!
  2. Mighis

    Mighis Senior Member

    Hätte sein können - it might have been.
    Könnte gewesen sein - it may have been.
    (Konjunktiv II + Partizip II)
    Last edited: Jan 4, 2013

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