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could

Pronunciation: /kʊd/

Translation of could in Spanish:

modal verb/verbo modal

  • 2 (indicating possibility) forms of poder* if I took a taxi, I could get there on time si tomara un taxi, podría llegar a tiempo I would help you if I could te ayudaría si pudiera we could be a little late this evening puede (ser) que or tal vez lleguemos un poco tarde esta noche that could be him now puede (ser) que sea él you could have killed us all! ¡podrías or podías habernos matado a todos! you could be right puede (ser) que tengas razón that could be the case, but we have no evidence podría or pudiera ser, pero no tenemos pruebas well, I daresay I could, but I don't want to bueno, tal vez podría or pudiera, pero no quiero I couldn't possibly agree to that de ninguna manera podría acceder a eso she couldn't have got there before six because she didn't leave until quarter to no pudo or no puede haber llegado antes de las seis porque no salió hasta menos cuarto she couldn't have got there before six even if she'd tried no podría haber llegado antes de las seis aunque lo hubiera intentado it could have been better podría or podía haber estado mejor was the soup OK? — it could have been hotter ¿qué tal la sopa? — no estaba muy caliente que digamos he couldn't have treated us more kindly no podría or no podía habernos tratado mejor they couldn't be happier están contentos a más no poder I couldn't agree more estoy completamente de acuerdo
  • 3 3.1 (asking permission) could I use your bathroom? ¿podría or me permitiría pasar al baño? if I could just say something here … si me permiten hacer una acotación … 3.2 (in requests) could you please be quiet! ¿me haces el favor de callarte? could you sign here please? ¿quiere firmar aquí, por favor? 3.3 (in offers) could I be of some assistance? [formal] ¿puedo ayudar en algo? (in shop etc) ¿lo/la atienden?
  • 4 4.1 (in suggestions) forms of poder* you could try doing it this way podrías tratar de hacerlo de esta manera you could at least apologize! ¡al menos podrías pedir perdón! 4.2 (indicating strong desire) forms of poder* I could have killed/hugged her la hubiera matado/abrazado, la podría or podía haber matado/abrazado

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