from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- auxiliary v. Used to indicate ability or permission in the past: I could run faster then. Only men could go to the club in those days.
- auxiliary v. Used with hypothetical or conditional force: If we could help, we would.
- auxiliary v. Used to indicate tentativeness or politeness: I could be wrong. Could you come over here?
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. Simple past of can.
- v. Used to politely ask for permission to do something.
- v. Used to politely ask for someone else to do something.
- v. Used to show the possibility that something might happen.
- v. Used to suggest something.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- Was, should be, or would be, able, capable, or susceptible. Used as an auxiliary, in the past tense or in the conditional present.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Preterit of can.
I don't know if I could get you a gig there, but if I *could* would you want to?
I used to always wonder why I could be so awful to my family my parents, my sister, and I think it's because I knew I *could* be so mean to them & they would always be there.
This means that when we speak of a person's actions, in most cases he could have done otherwise, given the Stoics 'analysis of ˜could™ and other modal concepts.
Not outlandishly fast, but fast enough that adaptation could *could*–it is unclear be fairly difficult.
Yes priceless could be ..could be .. or worthless could also be .
Ben#17…a close friend of mine is in the same boat as your sister…and I agree….but notice—you even stated “could”…….that is what is the problem for most people…..could…I hope “will” can replace “could”….
But a moment's further consideration convinced him that it could not be so: he _could_ move his body a little, although when he tried to sit up, something stopped him, pulled his spine straight, pulled his arms and shoulders back down from where he'd raised them.
From her promise once given she felt no change of purpose could absolve her; and therefore rarely would she give it absolutely, for she _could not_ alter the thing that had gone forth from her lips.
She could not -- _could_ not -- go to Paris with this man, who for all his devotion was a stranger to her.
She did not wish to tell a falsehood, and yet she felt that she could not, _could_ not confess now.