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could

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Pronunciation: /kəd
 
, kʊd
 
/

Definition of could in English:

modal verb

1 past of can1.
Example sentences
  • So I had to learn every aspect as much as I could, in order to get through it and make it.
  • We could hear the clear belling from inside the patch of forest in the valley.
  • How did you go about putting that into words so you could file a sensible report to camera?
1.1Used to indicate possibility: they could be right I would go if I could afford it
More example sentences
  • There is also the possibility that it could be used to re-examine unsolved crimes.
  • One possibility is that he could be sent abroad, but in practice this rarely happens.
  • There will be a possibility that police could give advice to members of the public in the room.
1.2Used in making suggestions or polite requests: you could always ring him up could I use the phone?
More example sentences
  • We had a letter to say they had not received the form and could I make a request for a new one.
  • Where did you find the information that you used to write it, and could you suggest a few books for me?
  • I would be grateful if any readers could tell me more.
1.3Used to indicate annoyance because of something that has not been done: they could have told me!
1.4Used to indicate a strong inclination to do something: he irritates me so much that I could scream

Usage

For a discussion on the use of could of instead of could have, see have (usage).

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