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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?

  1. Alex
    Alex
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    Daniel
    Daniel
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    Karen
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    Australian
    Veena
    Veena
    Indian

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. Jeffrey Lewis:

    The unusual traffic is difficult to interpret. If Middlebury Institute is a leadership visit to the factory, that could come either at the beginning or the end of the construction of an ICBM or space launcher, the important thing is that there is an uptick in activity at the site, just as there has been at Sohae and other facilities.

  2. Mildred Solomon:

    We are the only developed country in the world that doesn’t see healthcare as a universal right, what a statement it would be about our society if people decided to give an organ so they could get health insurance.

  3. Israeli Intelligence Minister Israel Katz:

    Haniyeh returned to Gaza, Hamas gave an order ... and miraculously, this spontaneous protest by a public that could not handle the situation any more dissipated.

  4. Toni Morrison:

    I know how to write forever. I don't think I could have happily stayed here in the world if I did not have a way of thinking about it, which is what writing is for me. It's control. Nobody tells me what to do. It's mine, it's free, and it's a way of thinking. It's pure knowledge.

  5. Anthony Sadler:

    I woke up to basically people ducking and then I was, like,' Why is everybody ducking ?' and then, when I turned round to look, he, the gunman, had just entered the car with the AK and then I was, like :' This is really happening', we just all ran back there and we tried to do whatever we could to try and beat him up so he didn't shoot anybody. He pulled out a box cutter and cut Spencer a couple of times but beside that we just tried to do whatever we could.

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