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kʊd; unstressed kədcould

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Wiktionary

  1. could(Verb)

    simple past tense of can

    Before I was blind, I could see very well.

    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]

  2. could(Verb)

    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.

    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]

Webster Dictionary

  1. Could

    of Can

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

  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

    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

How to pronounce could?

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How to say could in sign language?

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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. Sarisa Fragua:

    They would just stand there. They didnt want to be there. You could tell that, it was just weird but I didnt think anything of it.

  2. Aniket Goyal:

    He was dying in front of our family every minute, we could not do anything.

  3. Joe Farina:

    It didn't matter what I did, it was a DNA case. We could not overcome the fact that his DNA was at nearly all the crime scenes.

  4. Hazel Encarnacion:

    It was my decision so we could control it. I just want two children.

  5. Brett Morgen:

    I could not possibly understand how this existed and nobody had encountered it before.

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