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could en inglés británico

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couldverb

uk strong /kʊd/ weak /kəd/ us strong /kʊd/ weak /kəd/

could verb (CAN)

A2 past simple of "can", used to talk about what someone or something was able or allowed to do:

When I was younger I could stay up all night and not get tired.
It was so noisy that we couldn't hear ourselves speak.
You said we could watch TV when we finished our homework.
We asked if the computer could access the internet.

Más ejemplos

  • She walked off before I could say anything.
  • I could never have achieved this without the encouragement of my husband and family.
  • I could see by the look on their faces that something was wrong.
  • I wish I could find (the) time to do more reading.
  • Even when you win a match you always feel you could have played better.

couldmodal verb

uk strong /kʊd/ /kəd/ us /kʊd/ /kəd/

could modal verb (PERMISSION)

B1 used as a more polite form of "can" when asking for permission:

Could I speak to Mr Davis, please?
Excuse me, could I just say something?

Más ejemplos

  • Could I borrow your pen?
  • Could we see her now, please?
  • Could I have some more pudding?
  • Could I use your bathroom, please?
  • Could I leave the children with you this morning?

could modal verb (REQUEST)

A2 used as a more polite form of "can" when asking someone to provide something or do something:

Could you lend me £5?
Could you turn that music down a little, please?

Más ejemplos

  • Please could you explain why you're so late.
  • I'm frozen - could you close the window?
  • I've got rather a full week next week - could we postpone our meeting?
  • If you could get that report finished by Thursday I'd be very grateful.
  • Ben, could you hand round the biscuits?

could modal verb (POSSIBILITY)

B1 used to express possibility, especially slight or uncertain possibility:

A lot of crime could be prevented.
She could arrive anytime now.
This new drug could be an important step in the fight against cancer.
Be careful with that stick - you could have hit your sister!

Más ejemplos

  • Passengers could face long delays.
  • The temperature could fall below zero overnight.
  • You could be the Queen of England, for all I care - you're not coming in here without a ticket.
  • Anything could happen in the next half hour.
  • It is not inconceivable that she could be lying.

could modal verb (SUGGESTION)

B1 used for making a suggestion:

We could go out for a drink after work tomorrow, if you want.
You could always call Susie and see if she will babysit.

Más ejemplos

  • You could offer to buy her a new one.
  • Could you get a bigger house?
  • We could try mending it with glue.
  • I could look after Toby for you.
  • We could have lunch one day.

(Definición de could del Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

could en inglés americano

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could

us /kʊd, kəd/

could (CAN)

past simple of can:

You said we could watch television when we finished our homework.
When I was younger I could stay up all night and then go to work.

couldmodal verb

us /kʊd, kəd/

could modal verb (ASK PERMISSION)

present tense could used as a more polite form of can when asking for permission:

Could I speak to Mr. Harley, please?

could modal verb (REQUEST)

present tense could used as a more polite form of can when making a request:

Could you lend me $5?

could modal verb (BE POSSIBLE)

used to express possibility, esp. slight or uncertain possibility:

A lot of these problems could be prevented.
It could be days before we hear from her.
I could have been an actor.

could modal verb (SUGGEST)

present tense could used for making a suggestion:

We could go to the movies.

could modal verb (SHOULD)

present tense could used for saying what you think someone else should do:

You could try to look a little more enthusiastic.

(Definición de could del Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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