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USE OF COULD MEANING & EXAMPES

Use of Could talks about our past ability, and also use of could for a polite offer, polite permission, polite request And it's very formal to use in spoken English. For informal we use Modal Verb Can.

Could + Verb

1st

We use it for past normal ability.

Formula: Subject + Could + Verb 1st(form) + Object
  • He could run fast.
  • Alina could cook food.
  • Ali could ride a bike.
Formula: Subject + Could + Verb 1st(form) + Object

More Examples

Here are some more modal verb could sentences & examples.

Examples

We use it for when we are able or unable to do any work on current time.

  • I could play the Guitar but now I can't. -Past Ability
  • Could you please pass me this book? -Polite request
  • Yes, Ali, You could go with your friends. -Permission
  • You could join us. -Polite Offer

Could Have

Here the use of Could have for action or activity which we could not have performed in our past, It may be deliberately or un-deliberately.

Could Have + Verb

3rd

Whenever we have an opportunity to perform something but we did not perform deliberately.

Formula: Subject + Could Have + Verb 3rd(form) + Object
  • Alina could have given a presentation.
  • I could have got first the position.
  • They could have gone to picnic.
Formula: Subject + Could Have + Verb 3rd(form) + Object

More Examples

Here are some more Modal verb Could Have meaning & examples.

Examples

  • I could have played the Guitar but now I can't. -Past Ability
  • Could you please pass me this book? -Polite request
  • Yes, Ali, You could go with your friends. -Permission
  • You could join us. -Polite Offer