We use could have + -ed form to talk about things that did not happen and sometimes to expresses regret: We often use the expression how could you/she/he/they? 1. gdpr: { He could run fast when he was young, but now he is old and he cannot run fast. {code: 'ad_contentslot_2', pubstack: { adUnitName: 'cdo_mpuslot', adUnitPath: '/23202586/cdo_mpuslot' }, mediaTypes: { banner: { sizes: [[300, 250], [336, 280]] } }, bids: [{ bidder: 'rubicon', params: { accountId: '17282', siteId: '162036', zoneId: '776146', position: 'btf' }}, We often use could have + -ed form to express disapproval or criticism: You could have called to say you would be late. { bidder: 'onemobile', params: { dcn: '8a969411017171829a5c82bb4deb000b', pos: 'cdo_mpuslot3_flex' }}, NO NEGATIVE FORMS : could past ability: I could run ten miles in my twenties. var pbTabletSlots = [ (Example: I could come over, but I don’t really feel like … { bidder: 'onemobile', params: { dcn: '8a9690ab01717182962182bb50ce0007', pos: 'cdo_btmslot_mobile_flex' }}, { bidder: 'pubmatic', params: { publisherId: '158679', adSlot: 'cdo_leftslot' }}]}, If I had more time this winter, I could travel around the world. if(pl_p) I can speak two languages.2. { bidder: 'sovrn', params: { tagid: '387232' }}, { bidder: 'openx', params: { unit: '539971063', delDomain: 'idm-d.openx.net' }}, Usage in the past tense { bidder: 'triplelift', params: { inventoryCode: 'Cambridge_MidArticle' }}, { bidder: 'openx', params: { unit: '539971068', delDomain: 'idm-d.openx.net' }}, expires: 365 { bidder: 'appnexus', params: { placementId: '11654156' }}, { bidder: 'onemobile', params: { dcn: '8a969411017171829a5c82bb4deb000b', pos: 'cdo_rightslot_flex' }}, 1. { bidder: 'ix', params: { siteId: '195451', size: [320, 50] }}, { bidder: 'onemobile', params: { dcn: '8a969411017171829a5c82bb4deb000b', pos: 'cdo_mpuslot_flex' }}, He came and spoke to me, but I couldn’t remember his name. bids: [{ bidder: 'rubicon', params: { accountId: '17282', siteId: '162036', zoneId: '1666926', position: 'btf' }}, "Might not" suggests you do not know if something happens. dfpSlots['houseslot_a'] = googletag.defineSlot('/2863368/houseslot', [300, 250], 'ad_houseslot_a').defineSizeMapping(mapping_houseslot_a).setTargeting('sri', '0').setTargeting('vp', 'mid').setTargeting('hp', 'right').setCategoryExclusion('house').addService(googletag.pubads()); { bidder: 'appnexus', params: { placementId: '11653860' }}, bids: [{ bidder: 'rubicon', params: { accountId: '17282', siteId: '162050', zoneId: '776342', position: 'btf' }}, }, And besides, we could use some new DNA. }); bids: [{ bidder: 'rubicon', params: { accountId: '17282', siteId: '162036', zoneId: '776160', position: 'atf' }}, var mapping_btmslot_a = googletag.sizeMapping().addSize([746, 0], [[300, 250], 'fluid']).addSize([0, 0], [[300, 250], [320, 50], [300, 50], 'fluid']).build(); It’s a fact. I could taste nothing but salt. connected with or involving an orchestra (= a large group of musicians who play many different instruments together), Bubbles and a breakthrough: the language of COVID (update), Clear explanations of natural written and spoken English. Last year, he couldn’t speak English very well, but now he can. He could walk when he was two.. Could is the past tense of can. ): … could suggestion: 1. { bidder: 'appnexus', params: { placementId: '11654198' }}, bids: [{ bidder: 'rubicon', params: { accountId: '17282', siteId: '162036', zoneId: '776156', position: 'atf' }}, { bidder: 'onemobile', params: { dcn: '8a969411017171829a5c82bb4deb000b', pos: 'cdo_mpuslot4_flex' }}, { bidder: 'ix', params: { siteId: '195459', size: [320, 50] }}, { bidder: 'ix', params: { siteId: '195456', size: [300, 250] }}, bids: [{ bidder: 'rubicon', params: { accountId: '17282', siteId: '162050', zoneId: '776336', position: 'btf' }}, addPrebidAdUnits(pbAdUnits); The use of: Can, Can't | Could, Couldn'tQuelques cas dans lesquels nous pouvons utiliser Can, Can't et Could, Couldn't.Nous pouvons utiliser Can et Can't dans les cas suivants :The use of CanAptitude: AbilityCan you sing and play the guitar at the same time? {code: 'ad_contentslot_1', pubstack: { adUnitName: 'cdo_mpuslot', adUnitPath: '/23202586/cdo_mpuslot' }, mediaTypes: { banner: { sizes: [[300, 250], [336, 280]] } }, ga('create', 'UA-31379-3',{cookieDomain:'dictionary.cambridge.org',siteSpeedSampleRate: 10}); googletag.enableServices(); { bidder: 'criteo', params: { networkId: 7100, publisherSubId: 'cdo_mpuslot' }}, enableSendAllBids: false When we want to guess or predict something, we use couldn’t as the negative form of must. 'cap': true "authorizationFallbackResponse": { bids: [{ bidder: 'rubicon', params: { accountId: '17282', siteId: '162036', zoneId: '776160', position: 'atf' }}, { bidder: 'criteo', params: { networkId: 7100, publisherSubId: 'cdo_btmslot' }}, googletag.pubads().setTargeting("sfr", "cdo_dict_british-grammar"); bids: [{ bidder: 'rubicon', params: { accountId: '17282', siteId: '162036', zoneId: '776144', position: 'btf' }}, bids: [{ bidder: 'rubicon', params: { accountId: '17282', siteId: '162036', zoneId: '776144', position: 'btf' }}, { bidder: 'triplelift', params: { inventoryCode: 'Cambridge_MidArticle' }}, { bidder: 'ix', params: { siteId: '195467', size: [320, 100] }}, { bidder: 'ix', params: { siteId: '195454', size: [336, 280] }}, { bidder: 'ix', params: { siteId: '195457', size: [320, 100] }}, { bidder: 'sovrn', params: { tagid: '705055' }}, Study the chart below to learn how "could" behaves in different contexts. and mental processes (think, believe, remember, understand etc. { bidder: 'pubmatic', params: { publisherId: '158679', adSlot: 'cdo_mpuslot4' }}]}]; { bidder: 'sovrn', params: { tagid: '448842' }}, pbjs.que = pbjs.que || []; "Could not" suggests that it is impossible for something to happen. { bidder: 'appnexus', params: { placementId: '11654156' }}, { bidder: 'ix', params: { siteId: '195457', size: [300, 250] }}, "login": { },{ We use canto: 1. talk about possibility and ability 2. make requests 3. ask for or give permission John could be the one who stole the money. { bidder: 'openx', params: { unit: '539971081', delDomain: 'idm-d.openx.net' }}, { bidder: 'triplelift', params: { inventoryCode: 'Cambridge_MidArticle' }}, { bidder: 'ix', params: { siteId: '555365', size: [120, 600] }}, { bidder: 'ix', params: { siteId: '195457', size: [320, 100] }}, {code: 'ad_contentslot_1', pubstack: { adUnitName: 'cdo_mpuslot', adUnitPath: '/23202586/cdo_mpuslot' }, mediaTypes: { banner: { sizes: [[300, 250], [320, 100], [320, 50], [300, 50]] } }, or We might could drive to France. For example, In high school, I could dunk a basketball. name: "criteo" iasLog("setting page_url: - https://dictionary.cambridge.org/grammar/british-grammar/could"); It is also common in conditional sentences. { bidder: 'onemobile', params: { dcn: '8a969411017171829a5c82bb4deb000b', pos: 'cdo_topslot_728x90' }}, I could run faster when I was young. { bidder: 'ix', params: { siteId: '195452', size: [300, 250] }}, I could dance well when I was young. { bidder: 'sovrn', params: { tagid: '446385' }}, { bidder: 'pubmatic', params: { publisherId: '158679', adSlot: 'cdo_mpuslot3' }}]}, { bidder: 'criteo', params: { networkId: 7100, publisherSubId: 'cdo_mpuslot' }}, I could have stayed up late, but I decided to go to bed early. Elephants can't fly. ‘Could’ can be used: To suggest a possibility Examples: “Whose journal is this? { bidder: 'ix', params: { siteId: '555365', size: [160, 600] }}, { bidder: 'criteo', params: { networkId: 7100, publisherSubId: 'cdo_mpuslot' }}, { bidder: 'triplelift', params: { inventoryCode: 'Cambridge_MidArticle' }}, We use “could” in the same two ways when we are talking about something in the past. 3. {code: 'ad_contentslot_4', pubstack: { adUnitName: 'cdo_mpuslot', adUnitPath: '/23202586/cdo_mpuslot' }, mediaTypes: { banner: { sizes: [[300, 250], [320, 100], [320, 50], [300, 50]] } }, { bidder: 'ix', params: { siteId: '194852', size: [300, 250] }}, Use COULD and COULDN’T for ability in the past. 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You could win, if you worked hard. { bidder: 'appnexus', params: { placementId: '11654174' }}, { bidder: 'appnexus', params: { placementId: '11654151' }}, We could have gotten married, but you … { bidder: 'triplelift', params: { inventoryCode: 'Cambridge_MidArticle' }}, {code: 'ad_rightslot', pubstack: { adUnitName: 'cdo_rightslot', adUnitPath: '/23202586/cdo_rightslot' }, mediaTypes: { banner: { sizes: [[300, 250]] } }, How to use could in a sentence. bids: [{ bidder: 'rubicon', params: { accountId: '17282', siteId: '162036', zoneId: '776148', position: 'btf' }}, { bidder: 'criteo', params: { networkId: 7100, publisherSubId: 'cdo_mpuslot' }}, { bidder: 'appnexus', params: { placementId: '11653860' }}, I couldn’t ride a bike when I was three. Peut-être nous pourrions utiliser quelque ampoules maintenant. { bidder: 'ix', params: { siteId: '195453', size: [300, 250] }}, iasLog("criterion : cdo_l = en"); We don’t use do/does/did: We use could and couldn’t in question tags: We often use could to express possibility in the present and the future. pbjsCfg = { { bidder: 'openx', params: { unit: '539971070', delDomain: 'idm-d.openx.net' }}, name: "pubCommonId", Use COULD for possibilities in the future. { bidder: 'sovrn', params: { tagid: '387232' }}, { bidder: 'ix', params: { siteId: '195451', size: [320, 50] }}, It is also used when we are talking about an imaginary situation. { bidder: 'criteo', params: { networkId: 7100, publisherSubId: 'cdo_mpuslot' }}, { bidder: 'pubmatic', params: { publisherId: '158679', adSlot: 'cdo_btmslot' }}]}, Even if I had had more time, I couldn't have traveled around the world. { bidder: 'sovrn', params: { tagid: '387232' }}, expires: 60 { bidder: 'pubmatic', params: { publisherId: '158679', adSlot: 'cdo_btmslot' }}]}, pbjs.setConfig(pbjsCfg); { bidder: 'criteo', params: { networkId: 7100, publisherSubId: 'cdo_mpuslot' }}, "sign-up": "https://dictionary.cambridge.org/auth/signup?rid=READER_ID", bids: [{ bidder: 'rubicon', params: { accountId: '17282', siteId: '162036', zoneId: '1666926', position: 'btf' }}, { bidder: 'pubmatic', params: { publisherId: '158679', adSlot: 'cdo_mpuslot1' }}]}, We use could have + -ed form to talk about possibility in the past: They could have taken a taxi home instead of walking and getting wet. { bidder: 'triplelift', params: { inventoryCode: 'Cambridge_SR' }}, { bidder: 'appnexus', params: { placementId: '11654192' }}, ga('require', 'displayfeatures'); { bidder: 'triplelift', params: { inventoryCode: 'Cambridge_SR' }}, bids: [{ bidder: 'rubicon', params: { accountId: '17282', siteId: '162036', zoneId: '776144', position: 'btf' }}, We use can: We don’t usually use could to talk about single events that happened in the past. { bidder: 'appnexus', params: { placementId: '11654150' }}, In my younger days I could run four miles at a stretch. window.__tcfapi('removeEventListener', 2, function(success){ { bidder: 'ix', params: { siteId: '195453', size: [300, 50] }}, } dfpSlots['btmslot_a'] = googletag.defineSlot('/23202586/cdo_btmslot', [[300, 250], 'fluid'], 'ad_btmslot_a').defineSizeMapping(mapping_btmslot_a).setTargeting('sri', '0').setTargeting('vp', 'btm').setTargeting('hp', 'center').addService(googletag.pubads()); googletag.pubads().setTargeting("cdo_tc", "resp"); defaultGdprScope: true type: "html5", { bidder: 'criteo', params: { networkId: 7100, publisherSubId: 'cdo_mpuslot' }}, "sign-in": "https://dictionary.cambridge.org/auth/signin?rid=READER_ID", "authorizationTimeout": 10000 filter: 'include' Learn how to use the modal verbs COULD and WOULD correctly in this lesson. ga('send', 'pageview'); Add ${headword} to one of your lists below, or create a new one. { bidder: 'pubmatic', params: { publisherId: '158679', adSlot: 'cdo_btmslot' }}]}, { bidder: 'ix', params: { siteId: '195464', size: [300, 600] }}, Bien, on pourrait utiliser ceux là. It refers to past time only when the context makes the time clear. bids: [{ bidder: 'rubicon', params: { accountId: '17282', siteId: '162036', zoneId: '776130', position: 'btf' }}, { bidder: 'openx', params: { unit: '539971079', delDomain: 'idm-d.openx.net' }}, { bidder: 'openx', params: { unit: '539971080', delDomain: 'idm-d.openx.net' }}, It is used to talk about ability that existed in the past. As a verb could is used to indicate possibility, annoyance because of something that has not been done, a strong inclination to do something and to make suggestions or polite requests. Adverbs and adverb phrases: typical errors, Adjectives and adjective phrases: typical errors, Conjunctions: causes, reasons, results and purpose, Relative clauses referring to a whole sentence, Relative clauses: defining and non-defining, Nationalities, languages, countries and regions, types of English (formal, informal, etc. Browse our dictionary apps today and ensure you are never again lost for words. storage: { var googletag = googletag || {}; { bidder: 'ix', params: { siteId: '195464', size: [160, 600] }}, Ex: When she was 1, she could walk. { bidder: 'openx', params: { unit: '539971074', delDomain: 'idm-d.openx.net' }}, (The speaker remembers hearing ‘You can book the tickets online.’). { bidder: 'ix', params: { siteId: '195459', size: [300, 250] }}, "Could" is a modal verb used to express possibility or past ability as well as to make suggestions and requests. bids: [{ bidder: 'rubicon', params: { accountId: '17282', siteId: '162050', zoneId: '776358', position: 'atf' }}, pbjs.que.push(function() { googletag.pubads().enableSingleRequest(); "sign-out": "https://dictionary.cambridge.org/auth/signout?rid=READER_ID" }); { bidder: 'ix', params: { siteId: '195451', size: [300, 250] }}, {code: 'ad_rightslot2', pubstack: { adUnitName: 'cdo_rightslot2', adUnitPath: '/23202586/cdo_rightslot2' }, mediaTypes: { banner: { sizes: [[300, 250], [120, 600], [160, 600]] } }, pour une demande polie. { bidder: 'triplelift', params: { inventoryCode: 'Cambridge_MidArticle' }}, {code: 'ad_btmslot_a', pubstack: { adUnitName: 'cdo_btmslot', adUnitPath: '/23202586/cdo_btmslot' }, mediaTypes: { banner: { sizes: [[300, 250]] } }, { bidder: 'onemobile', params: { dcn: '8a969411017171829a5c82bb4deb000b', pos: 'cdo_topslot_728x90' }}, { bidder: 'ix', params: { siteId: '195459', size: [300, 50] }}, params: { {code: 'ad_contentslot_2', pubstack: { adUnitName: 'cdo_mpuslot', adUnitPath: '/23202586/cdo_mpuslot' }, mediaTypes: { banner: { sizes: [[300, 250], [336, 280]] } }, var mapping_contentslot = googletag.sizeMapping().addSize([746, 0], [[300, 250], [336, 280], 'fluid']).addSize([0, 0], [[300, 250], [320, 100], [320, 50], [300, 50], 'fluid']).build(); { bidder: 'ix', params: { siteId: '195458', size: [336, 280] }}, { bidder: 'appnexus', params: { placementId: '11654151' }}, { bidder: 'ix', params: { siteId: '195467', size: [300, 250] }}, { bidder: 'ix', params: { siteId: '195459', size: [320, 100] }}, { bidder: 'openx', params: { unit: '539971079', delDomain: 'idm-d.openx.net' }}, { bidder: 'pubmatic', params: { publisherId: '158679', adSlot: 'cdo_rightslot2' }}]}, { bidder: 'ix', params: { siteId: '195459', size: [320, 50] }}, { bidder: 'ix', params: { siteId: '555365', size: [120, 600] }}, { bidder: 'openx', params: { unit: '539971080', delDomain: 'idm-d.openx.net' }}, googletag.cmd = googletag.cmd || []; dfpSlots['topslot_b'] = googletag.defineSlot('/23202586/cdo_topslot', [[728, 90]], 'ad_topslot_b').defineSizeMapping(mapping_topslot_b).setTargeting('sri', '0').setTargeting('vp', 'top').setTargeting('hp', 'center').addService(googletag.pubads()); { bidder: 'criteo', params: { networkId: 7100, publisherSubId: 'cdo_mpuslot' }}, } I couldn’t run when I was a baby.. 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