1past tense of can
- All that anyone could do at that point was stay back and watch the mesmerizing scene.
- The budgie knew his name, address and telephone number and could sing Three Blind Mice.
- The first thing to go for was a decent wash in fresh water as we could only have salt water to wash in on board.
- Seven bridges were built so that the people of the city could get from one part to another.
- It felt symbolic of the trip - taking a leap of faith and finding you could exceed your limits.
- Yet if its occurrence could be measured on this basis, it would be found to be non-existent.
- How did you go about putting that into words so you could file a sensible report to camera?
- My boyfriend and I wanted to sign up for the class so that we could take it together for fun.
- He couldn't handle both of them at once, and he had to get rid of her after she'd seen him.
- I was stunned by the sheer volume of sound that twenty five singers could make.
- It tried as hard as it could to rally in the third, but the game had long been out of reach.
- I made as if to look suitably impressed, but hardly felt that I could compare notes.
- From Point Baptiste, we could see the low outline of the French island of Marie Galante.
- Several families had to untie bikes from the backs of their cars before they could gain access to the boot.
- I once read that in battle the most dangerous thing you could do was run away.
- So I had to learn every aspect as much as I could, in order to get through it and make it.
- We could see nothing except for the next few curves as the path climbed relentlessly into the clouds.
- We could hear the clear belling from inside the patch of forest in the valley.
- After the show, back at the stable lines, Barbara explained that I could ride a bit.
- That meant we could catch the light and sound show in the evening.
2(indicating possibility)(forms of) poderif I took a taxi, I could get there on time — si tomara un taxi, podría llegar a tiempo
- I would help you if I could — te ayudaría si pudiera
- we could be a little late this evening — puede (ser) que / tal vez lleguemos un poco tarde esta noche
- that could be him now — puede (ser) que sea él
- you could have killed us all! — ¡podrías / podías habernos matado a todos!
- you could be right — puede (ser) que tengas razón
- that could be the case, but we have no evidence — podría / pudiera ser, pero no tenemos pruebas
- well, I daresay I could, but I don't want to — bueno, tal vez podría / pudiera, pero no quiero
- I couldn't possibly agree to that — de ninguna manera podría acceder a eso
- she couldn't have got there before six because she didn't leave until quarter to — no pudo / no puede haber llegado antes de las seis porque no salió hasta menos cuarto
- she couldn't have got there before six even if she'd tried — no podría haber llegado antes de las seis aunque lo hubiera intentado
- it could have been better — podría / podía haber estado mejor
- was the soup OK? — it could have been hotter — ¿qué tal la sopa? — no estaba muy caliente que digamos
- he couldn't have treated us more kindly — no podría / no podía habernos tratado mejor
- they couldn't be happier — están contentos a más no poder
- I couldn't agree more — estoy completamente de acuerdo
- He only saw the formula in its microscopic form and didn't realize that it could be macroscopic.
- One could say that it was not as good as in a strictly Italian resto, but still it was very good.
- If my guess is correct then your problem could be related to ageing or some other cause.
- One possibility is that he could be sent abroad, but in practice this rarely happens.
- There will be a possibility that police could give advice to members of the public in the room.
- It could force the service to be closed permanently.
- In theory at least, this implies that adding telomerase to cells could rejuvenate them.
- He could have bowed out gracefully at any time and it looked like he might, but now this.
- Early suggestions were that this could be for two days a week, but it has so far been restricted to twice a year.
- It is not beyond the realm of possibility that a deal could have been struck.
- When we arrived, the sand was so crisp and clean it could have just come back from the Atlantic laundry.
- He bristles at the notion that his views could be seen as disloyal to his country.
- We have good speed and we thought we could pressure them with just a straight pass rush.
- We are supposed to imagine that this telephone conversation could be taking place right now.
- Don't put it in the hollow of the cheek in an attempt to shade your face, or it could end up looking like a dirty smudge.
- They could well afford it, given the millions they rake in from the motoring public.
- In theory, you could spend all day every day in the environs of your bungalow.
- In fact, he pours cold water on any suggestion he could be a future coach of the club.
- There is also the possibility that it could be used to re-examine unsolved crimes.
- He then asked her record company if he could duet with her and was rejected.
3.1(asking permission)could I use your bathroom? — ¿podría / me permitiría pasar al baño?
- if I could just say something here … — si me permiten hacer una acotación …
- We had a letter to say they had not received the form and could I make a request for a new one.
- Where did you find the information that you used to write it, and could you suggest a few books for me?
- Is there a small heater you could recommend for when the icy weather returns?
- I would be grateful if any readers could tell me more.
3.2(in requests)could you please be quiet! — ¿me haces el favor de callarte?
- could you sign here please? — ¿quiere firmar aquí, por favor?
3.3(in offers)could I be of some assistance? — ¿puedo ayudar en algo?
4.1(in suggestions)(forms of) poderyou could try doing it this way — podrías tratar de hacerlo de esta manera
- you could at least apologize! — ¡al menos podrías pedir perdón!
4.2(indicating strong desire)(forms of) poderI could have killed/hugged her — la podría / podía haber matado/abrazado