Die Übersetzung von "could" - Englisch-Spanisch-Wörterbuch


modal verb uk strong /kʊd/ us strong /kʊd/ weak /kəd/ weak /kəd/ us strong /kʊd/ weak /kəd/

A2 used as the past form of ‘can’ to talk about what someone or something was able or allowed to do

pasado de “can”; se usa para expresar lo que alguien sabía o podía hacer
I couldn’t see him.
You said I could go!

A2 used as a more polite form of ‘can’ when asking for permission

forma más cortés que “can” de pedir permiso
Excuse me, could I say something here?
Could I speak to Mr Davis, please?

B1 used to talk about what is possible or might happen

se usa para expresar lo que es posible que suceda
She could arrive any time now.

B1 used as a more polite form of ‘can’ when asking someone to give you something or do something

forma más cortés que “can” de pedir algo a alguien
Could you lend me £5?
Could you turn the music down a little, please?

B1 used for making a suggestion

se usa para sugerir algo
We could go for a drink after work tomorrow, if you like.
could have

used to talk about things that possibly happened in the past or might possibly have happened by some time in the future

se usa para expresar lo que podría haber sucedido en el pasado, y lo que se cree que puede haber sucedido antes de un momento determinado del futuro
She could have been killed.
couldn’t have

used to express certainty that something in the past was impossible or didn’t happen

se usa para expresar con certeza que algo del pasado es imposible o no ocurrió
He couldn’t have damaged your bike – he was with me all evening.

(Die Übersetzung von "could" von Cambridge Englisch-Spanisch-Wörterbuch © Cambridge University Press)


verb /kud/ (negative short form couldn’t /ˈkudnt/)

past tense of can

pasado del verbo ‘‘poder’’
They asked if I could drive a car
I said I couldn’t
She asked if she could go.

used to express a possibility

para expresar posibilidad
I could go, but I’m not going to
I could do it next week if you helped me.
could have

used to express a possibility in the past:

We could have gone, but we didn’t.

(Die Übersetzung von "could" von PASSWORT Englisch-Spanisch-Wörterbuch © 2014 K Dictionaries Ltd)

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