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    Could - Couldn't/help

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    Could - Couldn't/help
    Message from rafil posted on 27-01-2021 at 06:04:21 (D | E | F)
    Respected Teacher,
    I am feeling difficulty It is difficult for me to understand the use of "could and couldn't".
    Please help me about it.
    I am very thankful for giving us an excellent platform to improve English.
    Thanks in advance for solving my question.

    Edited by lucile83 on 27-01-2021 09:14

    Re: Could - Couldn't/help from lucile83, posted on 27-01-2021 at 14:53:03 (D | E)
    Could is used in affirmative or interrogative clauses; couldn't is used in negative clauses.
    He could play the piano, but couldn't speak French.
    Could you lend me your umbrella, please?

    Re: Could - Couldn't/help from gerondif, posted on 27-01-2021 at 18:27:18 (D | E)
    Can is an auxiliary verb meaning :
    1) that you can do it physically : I can carry 100 kilos.
    2) that you are allowed to do it : You can come in ! (You may come in is more formal)
    3) it is used with perception verbs to replace the ing form they don't have :
    I can see you ! I can hear you ! I can taste sugar in my soup ! I can feel a stone in my shoe. I can smell something burning.

    Could will be either a preterite :
    I couldn't do the shopping yesterday but I could go to the post-office.
    or a conditional: Could you help me, please ? Yes, I could help you if you asked me.

    I just listened to a title by Mark Knopfler (former lead singer od The Dire Straits)which is entitled :"But I used to could" which is grammatically wrong of course ! Working-class language.

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