could

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could is one of the 1000 most common headwords.
cost - could - council

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Simple present
can

Simple past
could

Negative
couldn't

  1. (modal) If you could do something, you were able to do it.
    When I was younger, I could run a five-minute mile.
  2. (modal) If you could something, but you don't know if you want to, you have the option of doing do it.
    She could do her math or go to the game.

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