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kʊd; unstressed kədCould

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Wiktionary

  1. couldverb

    simple past tense of can

    Before I was blind, I could see very well.

  2. couldverb

    conditional of can Used as a past subjunctive. Used to politely ask for permission to do something. Used to politely ask for someone else to do something. Used to show the possibility that something might happen. Used to suggest something.

    I think he could do it if he really wanted to.

  3. Etymology: From Middle English coude, couthe, cuthe, from Old English cūþe, past indicative and past subjunctive form of cunnan ("to be able") (compare related cūþ, whence English couth). The silent 'l' was added in the early 16th century by analogy with should and would, at which time the 'l' in those words was already also silent (and was sometimes not written, leading to shudd, wode, etc).[1]

Wikipedia

  1. could

    The English modal verbs are a subset of the English auxiliary verbs used mostly to express modality (properties such as possibility, obligation, etc.). They can be distinguished from other verbs by their defectiveness (they do not have participle or infinitive forms) and by their neutralization (that they do not take the ending -(e)s in the third-person singular). The principal English modal verbs are can, could, may, might, shall, should, will, would, and must. Certain other verbs are sometimes, but not always, classed as modals; these include ought, had better, and (in certain uses) dare and need. Verbs which share only some of the characteristics of the principal modals are sometimes called "quasi-modals", "semi-modals", or "pseudo-modals".

Webster Dictionary

  1. Could

    of Can

  2. Could

    was, should be, or would be, able, capable, or susceptible. Used as an auxiliary, in the past tense or in the conditional present

  3. Etymology: [OF. coude. The l was inserted by mistake, under the influence of should and would.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Could

    kood, pa.t. of Can. [M. E. coude, couth—A.S. cúðe for cunðe, was able; l is inserted from the influence of would and should.]

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Could' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #62

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Could' in Written Corpus Frequency: #88

  3. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Could' in Verbs Frequency: #14

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Could in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Could in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of Could in a Sentence

  1. Paul Ryan:

    You could say they won't.

  2. Tia Wimbush:

    All that was going through my head is,' What if Susan Ellis can donate Susan Ellis kidneys to each other's husbands ?' I could have never imagined it.

  3. Almirall Chief Executive Eduardo Sanchiz:

    We're still in very initial stages but there are things that could interest us. We're studying the situation but waiting for more information.

  4. Gustavo Lopez:

    The changes could reposition Argentina as a corn producer, with an exportable surplus second only to the United States, as opposed to now, as fourth behind the United States, Brazil and Russia.

  5. Secret Service Tim McCarthy:

    I turned toward where I thought the shots were coming from, attempted to make myself as big as I could and lo and behold, I was hit right in the chest.

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