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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. Pascal Tsaty Mabiala:

    It (the result) is not legitimate. It is not credible. There is no way there could have been 70 percent turnout. For us, this result is a fantasy.

  2. Musin Almat Zhumabekovich:

    1. Sins are sleepwalking, a person does not understand what he is doing. All sins are unconscious. 2. Reality is morally decaying, from indifference and selfishness. 3. Hope is getting old. 4. 1. By shedding the snake skin of selfishness, you become more sincere. 2. Time manipulates the speed of fear. 3. Time is the cycles of the subconscious, as in the scenario of life everything happens in time. Meticulously directed by the script of the subconscious mind. Where fear is like a shocker that creates a quantum leap in the awareness that you can't behave like that. And this is reflected in the future life. 5. 1. Insensitivity is humility and fearlessness. 2. Natural selection in the amount of wages. Girls laugh when they find out how much you earn, because love for money, no money, no love. So find one that will not be funny, that is, not materialistic. 6. 1. Depression from loneliness in her there is something lulling and comforting in the feeling of romance, in the emptiness of feelings. Reality seems endless. Depression is the romance of endless emptiness. 7. Eternity in reincarnation and the wheel of samsara plunges into indifference. 8. The night that hides the secrets of depression and despondency and loneliness, everything is hidden in the darkness, pain is felt in it, the red color of fornication in which people and life can be lost like a fog hidden in the smoke of thoughts, each in himself and it is shown that each is in his own dimension. Life is oblivion in which a person plunges into indifference. 9. Loneliness is insensibility, you start living in the present. 1. A person lost in himself in the world in society. Alien in this world and society. He loses contact with the ship of life and is carried away by the current into the depths of reality. Into the depths of the cosmos of thoughts. In a reality in which there is no air of life, but there are worlds in which one could live and learn the meaning of life, in every life in every world the meaning of life is different, a person is what his scenario of life is. Absolute levitation of consciousness. In which awareness floats in the endless emptiness of reality. In the midst of the cold of indifference. 2. Thought is a black hole in space. 1. Curved mirrors of symbolism metamorphoses. (Distortion of reality by imagination). 2. An indelible smile of the psyche, endowed with resentment for life. 3. Tears make the world transparent. 4. Insight anabolics are the basis of motivation. Author: Musin Almat Zhumabekovich

  3. Jim McCafferty:

    I would be incredulous if China's GDP growth could continue at the level it's been historically, so I think there's always been an anticipation of some gradual slowdown, but the slowdown of the growth rate is probably less than the market really wants to believe.

  4. William Feather:

    Not a tenth of us who are in business are doing as well as we could if we merely followed the principles that were known to our grandfathers.

  5. Castro Alberta:

    I could lose my family.

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