What Does Could Mean?

Could used sentence?

[T] She may have argued with him, but I don’t think she could have hit him.

[T] After I got married, my Japanese got better and I could understand more.

[T] She advised him to cut down on smoking, but he didn’t think that he could.

[T] If I had known about your illness, I could have visited you in the hospital..

What does the word could?

past tense of can. —used in auxiliary function in the pastWe found we could go. , in the past conditionalWe said we would go if we could. , and as an alternative to can suggesting less force or certainty or as a polite form in the presentIf you could come, we would be pleased.

Can Past Present Future?

The verb can is used to say that someone or something is able to do something. It doesn’t have all of the tenses that verbs usually have. … It has the simple past tense could, but no past participle.

Could have been meaning?

Could have means that something was possible in the past, but it did not happen. … Native speakers often do not pronounce their past tense modals as clearly as Tiffany. Could have been usually gets contracted to could’ve been or even coulda’ been.

What is another word for could?

other words for could beperchance.perhaps.as it may be.can be.conceivable.credible.feasible.obtainable.

What is the difference could and could?

Could, would, and should are all used to talk about possible events or situations, but each one tells us something different. Could is used to say that an action or event is possible. Would is used to talk about a possible or imagined situation, and is often used when that possible situation is not going to happen.

Would is past or future?

Technically, would is the past tense of will, but it is an auxiliary verb that has many uses, some of which even express the present tense.

Could it be possible meaning?

In the rigorous probability sense, if something is “possible” that means there’s a non-zero probability that it will occur. If it “could be possible”, that means that the probability is unknown, but there’s no known reason for the probability to be zero.

What to say when someone says could be better?

and (I) could be better.; (Things) might be better. a response to a greeting meaning “My state is not as good as it might be.” (Not necessarily a direct answer.)…See also:(I’ve been) keeping out of trouble.OK.been okay.be doing OK.be doing OK/okay.(Have you) been OK?been okay?doing OK.More items…

Could meaning and examples?

The definition of could is often used in the place of “can” to show a little doubt. An example of could is someone asking if they can help someone. An example of could is saying that something is able to happen if someone does something. Used to indicate ability or permission in the past.

What is the difference between can and could?

Well, ‘could’ is just the past tense of can. … So in these sentences – ‘can’ shows present ability, and ‘could’ shows past ability. This is the first difference between the two words. The second difference is when we want to talk about possibility.

Could is past or future?

The use of ‘could’, ‘would’, or ‘will be’ all imply future tense. The past tense version would be: “You could not have made me happy, and I am convinced that I am the last woman in the world who could have made you so.”

Can and could grammar?

We sometimes use be able to instead of “can” or “could” for ability. Be able to is possible in all tenses – but “can” is possible only in the present and “could” is possible only in the past for ability. In addition, “can” and “could” have no infinitive form.

Can possibility sentences?

Note: can is not normal used to describe future possibility in the positive form. INCORRECT: It can rain tomorrow….Can / Can’t.1. Can you not come today?Can he read fast?2. Can’t you come today?Can’t he read fast?

Where could used?

Could: “Could” is used to express possibility. Something that could happen is not necessarily something that must happen. Could does not express desire or opinion. It is simply used to state one or more things that are possible (even if they are unlikely) or were possible in the past (even if they didn’t happen).

What does it could be mean?

—used to say that something is absolutely not true.

Could tell Meaning?

It’s like saying “I understood that” or “I was able to see that” for instance if someone said “I could tell that you were angry” they are saying “I was able to see that you were angry”

Can we use could for future?

We often use could to express possibility in the present and the future.

Could in a sentence permission?

Could and May A third modal for making polite requests is could. For example, “Could I please have some water?” Could is the past tense of can. However, when asking for permission, could does not have a past tense meaning. Could has the same meaning as may when making requests.

Can Tell by meaning?

When you “can tell” something, it means that you are able to know it by seeing it, tasting it, feeling it, etc.: I can tell that you’re getting better at it. I can tell you put a lot of work into it.

Could you please can you please?

“Could” is the polite form of “can”—so both are correct, but we use them in different situations. We use “can” when we are telling someone to do something. We use “could” when we are making a request. Teacher to students: “Can you please be quiet!”