Bedeutung von “could” — Learner’s Dictionary


modal verb us uk 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:

I couldn't see what he was doing.
You said we could watch television when we'd finished our homework.

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B1 used to talk about what is possible or might happen:

The baby could arrive any day now.
This kind of crime could easily be prevented.
She could have been seriously injured.

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A2 used to ask someone politely to do or provide something:

Could you lend me £5?
Could I have another drink?

B1 used to ask politely for permission to do something:

Could I speak to Mr Davis, please?

B1 used to make a suggestion:

You could try painting it a different colour.
I could (have)

used when you feel so happy, sad, angry, etc that you would like to do something:

I was so grateful I could have kissed her!

(Definition von “could” aus dem Cambridge Learner's Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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