Significado de “could” - Diccionario Inglés

Significado de "could" - Diccionario Inglés

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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.

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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?

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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?

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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!

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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.

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(Definition of “could” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

Significado de "could" - Diccionario 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.

(Definition of “could” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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