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why to use 'could' here?

Look at the four squares [■] that indicate where the following sentence could be added to the passage. This massive population began a century earlier as a mere twelve pairs of imported rabbits that ...
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Should I use "can" or "could" in the phrase "If you don't challenge yourself you'll never realise what you can/could become"?

Should I use "can" or "could" in the phrase "If you don't challenge yourself you'll never realise what you can/could become"? Is this an example of a conditional? And if ...
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what is this meaning of "could"?

A: Your French is horrible. B: Oh really? Then, seems like I've been deceiving myself into thinking that I could speak it when I actually couldn't. This "could" is the result of the ...
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can and could difference

A) Do you think I could have a career as a catcher? This is a quote from The Peanuts. B) Do you think I can have a career as a catcher? Would there be any difference between A and B? Since I'm not a ...
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"Can" can be used in the past?

About the title, I didn't mean something like: Did you can... (because, of course we can use in the past since there's "did"). What I've known, could can also be the past simple form of can. ...
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Why Could is used in both past and the future tense

Why Could is used in both past and the future tense? Example: I could run fast when I was younger. Extreme rain could cause the river to flood the city. Can 'Could' be considered as a homonym. Same ...
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Can I use 'can' for making suggestions?

All of the grammar books I've read say I have to use 'could' for making suggestions, but none of them say so about 'can'. My question is: Is it valid to use 'can' for making suggestions? For example: ...
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You can stay here if you like

You can roast chicken whole or in pieces if you want to/if you like. You could roast chicken whole or in pieces if you want to/if you like. You can stay here if you like. Q1) Does sentence (1) ...
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Is "I would be happy if I can return the favor” grammatically correct?

You have been a tremendous help to me and I would be very happy if I can return the favor in the future. Let's consider that someone has helped me in the past and I am talking to this person and now ...
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Can have p.p. VS could have p.p.?

What is difference between these two sentences? Are these both grammatically right? Where could jack have put the matches? Where can jack have put the matches?
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Will _ would and Can_Could differences

I read the below article in "The Hindu" newspaper: The state government has imposed restrictions on gatherings with immediate effect. Only 50 persons would be allowed at gatherings. The ...
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Is using "could" in an "if" clause, like "If you could..." grammatical?

Today, I was watching this YouTube video, I found that at 1:18, she used the 'could' in the if-clause. I just want to know, is it right grammatically, or is it a new grammar rule that I don't know? ...
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if I had enough money, I could buy a 20-room mansion

In the morning, person A says: if my leg were not injured, I would attend the party tonight. if I knew his home address, I could go to his house to meet him tonight. if I had enough money, I could ...
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Do words such as "could have", "should have", or "might have" represent the past possibilities of the past?

We know that words such as could have, should have, or might have mean past possibilities. When they are used in a noun clause following a verb, do they represent the past possibilities of the past? ...
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"could" is used for past ability or ability now(or future)?

Social media services also enabled people to publicize their views on new songs, list their new favorite bands in their social media bios, and argue over new music endlessly on message boards. The ...
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<could usage> She could be very unkind

She could be very unkind. In the above sentence, what is this "could" usage? I mean, this could has a similar meaning to "would"(would do something used for talking about things ...
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Which should we use?'Can' or 'could'?

Is it possible to use 'can' instead of 'could' in this sentence? It encouraged me to bring my old coats for the homeless so that they could stay warm.
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"How couldn't I do" vs. "how couldn't I have done" in the sense of criticiizing oneself for failure to do something in the past

Could you tell me if I have to use how couldn't I or how couldn't have I in the sense of criticizing oneself for failure to do something in the past? For example: The problem turns out to be so easy. ...
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Is there a difference between "can't" or "couldn't"?

He spoke so quickly that I can't understand him at all. He spoke so quickly that I couldn't understand him at all. What is more correct?
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Can't have + V3 or Couldn't have + V3

Is there any difference between the following sentences? If Jones was at work until six, he can't have done the murder. If Jones was at work until six, he couldn't have done the murder.
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Modal verbs: difference betweeen ¨Would¨ and ¨Could¨

I have a question: when I could use the modal verb ¨Could¨ and when ¨Would¨ because for me is similar. I know ¨Would¨ we can use it in very polite situations like ¨would you like a cup of coffee¨. But ...
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could vs might (for expressing the future possibility)

Could vs might(for the future possibility) I could go there. I might go there. I know that these two sentences talk about less possibility to go there. but, I can’t know their slight difference. When ...
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could vs might (for the future possibility)

Could vs might(for the future possibility) I could go there. I might go there. I know that these two sentences talk about less possibility to go there. but, I can’t know their slight difference. ...
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Why some people use could instead of can [duplicate]

Why some people use could instead of can (in the simple present tense) For example, Could you open the door?
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Is it correct and natural to use the question "how could you have done it?" when expressing disbelief or surprise?

Is it correcr natural to use the question how could you have done it? when expressing disbelief or surprise? For example: So you are saying you made it. How could you have done it? You can't even ...
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Usage of Could have

It’s ten o’clock. They could have arrived now. Does this “could have” indicates they “could have” but they didn’t? If my conclusion is correct, Are there anyother possible interpretations or not?
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Usage of modal verb Could

How could we spend this time on the island? Does this mean 1)It is impossible or difficult for us to spend time in the island? Or 2) What are the possible means to stay in the forest? If the ...
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Can/Could have done = Can/Could it be so that

I recently saw such a phrase: I can have done it Can it be a contraction of It can be so that I have done it ? The same with I could have done it = It could be so that I had done it Or these ...
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"How could you have done it?" vs "How did you manage to do it"

Could you tell me if there is any difference in meaning between the question how could you have done it and how did you manage to do it? For example: The match seemed impossible to pull off, but ...
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What is the difference between "how could you do" and "how could have you done" when used to express critisism or annoyance?

What is the difference between how could you do and how could have you done when used to express critisism or annoyance? For example: You took Dad's car without asking. How could you do that! ...
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I couldn't / wasn't able to drink coffee (come home late) when I was 10 years old

Please, help me to understand the usage of these modals better. As I think, the most appropriate answer is I wasn't able to drink coffee (come home late) when I was 10 years old. because these ...
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"Could not but" in interrogative sentence

Is the following sentence grammatically correct to write in literature? How could I not but close my eyes? As "I could not but close my eyes" is a valid sentence, I felt like this one should also ...
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use of could / would - correct the sentence - I like that piece of furniture. I wish it could fit in my apartment

I like that piece of furniture. I wish it could fit in my apartment. Options: - was able to fit might would My answer: I like that piece of furniture. I wish it would fit in my ...
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Is "could not have been done" more appropriate here? [closed]

An extract from today's newspaper: Despite our best efforts and the hard work of various organizations, the boy could not be retrieved so far. Should I use: ...the boy could not have been ...
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"could" vs "could not" in this sentence?

"His dance was unbelievable! I don't know if even (I could do it/could have done it)" Just something that I want to say about a friend's dance performance last night.I think it should be "could ...
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How could have vs How could [duplicate]

How could we have spent this time on the island? How could we spend this time on the island? What is the difference between those two sentences ?
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