could

could
kud
negative short form - couldn't; verb
1) (past tense of can: They asked if I could drive a car; I said I couldn't; She asked if she could go.) pasado del verbo ``poder''
2) (used to express a possibility: I could go but I'm not going to; I could do it next week if you helped me.) para expresar posibilidad
could vb
she could swim when she was four sabía nadar a los cuatro años
I couldn't open the door no pude abrir la puerta
could you help me? ¿me podrías ayudar?
Es el pasado y el potencial de can
could
tr[kʊd]
past
1→ link=cancan{
auxiliar
1 (asking permission) poder
could I ask you a question? ¿podría hacerte una pregunta?
could I use your 'phone? ¿me dejas llamar por teléfono?
2 (requests) poder
could I see the manager? ¿podría ver al director?
could you close the door, please? ¿te importa cerrar la puerta?
3 (possibility) poder
I could fit you in on Monday te podría hacer un hueco el lunes
it could rain podría llover
that could be why ... quizá sea por eso que ...
they could have missed the train puede que hayan perdido el tren
it could have dropped out of your bag a lo mejor se te ha caído del bolso
it couldn't have been Glen, he's on holiday no pudo ser Glen, está de vacaciones
4 (suggestions) poder
you could always try next door podrías probar en la casa de al lado
5 (conditional use)
I'm so hungry I could eat a horse tengo tanta hambre que me comería un buey
honestly, I could have hit her de verdad, le hubiera pegado
you could have told me! ¡podías habérmelo dicho!
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SMALLIDIOMATIC EXPRESSION/SMALL
could do with something necesitar algo
I could do with a coffee necesito un café
this towel could do with a wash hay que lavar esta toalla
could ['kʊd] can
could
aux.
(Verbo modal para indicar la capacidad)
pret.
(Preterito definido de "can")
de can pret.
kʊd
modal verb
1) past of can III
2) (indicating possibility) poder*

if 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

you could have killed us all! — podrías or podías habernos matado a todos!

you could be right — puede (ser) que tengas razón

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

they couldn't be happier — están contentos a más no poder

3)
a) (asking permission)

could I use your bathroom? — ¿podría or me permitiría pasar al baño?

b) (in requests)

could you sign here please? — ¿quiere firmar aquí, por favor?

4)
a) (in suggestions) poder*

you could try doing it this way — podrías tratar de hacerlo de esta manera

you could at least apologize! — al menos podrías pedir perdón!

b) (indicating strong desire) poder*

I could have killed her — la hubiera matado, la podría or podía haber matado

[kʊd]
VB see can I, 1)
See:
ABLE, CAN in able
* * *
[kʊd]
modal verb
1) past of can III
2) (indicating possibility) poder*

if 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

you could have killed us all! — podrías or podías habernos matado a todos!

you could be right — puede (ser) que tengas razón

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

they couldn't be happier — están contentos a más no poder

3)
a) (asking permission)

could I use your bathroom? — ¿podría or me permitiría pasar al baño?

b) (in requests)

could you sign here please? — ¿quiere firmar aquí, por favor?

4)
a) (in suggestions) poder*

you could try doing it this way — podrías tratar de hacerlo de esta manera

you could at least apologize! — al menos podrías pedir perdón!

b) (indicating strong desire) poder*

I could have killed her — la hubiera matado, la podría or podía haber matado


English-spanish dictionary. 2013.

Mira otros diccionarios:

  • could — [ weak kəd, strong kud ] modal verb *** Could is usually followed by an infinitive without to : I m glad you could come. Sometimes it is used without a following infinitive: I came as quickly as I could. Could does not change its form, so the… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • could — W1S1 [kəd strong kud] modal v negative short form couldn t ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ 1¦(past ability)¦ 2¦(possibility)¦ 3¦(emphasizing your feelings)¦ 4¦(requesting)¦ 5¦(suggesting)¦ 6¦(annoyance)¦ 7 couldn t be better/worse/more pleased etc 8 I couldn t …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • could — [kood] v.aux. [altered (infl. by WOULD, SHOULD) < ME coud < OE cuthe (akin to Goth kuntha, OHG konda, ON kunna), pt. of cunnan, to be able: see CAN1] 1. pt. of CAN1 [he gave what he could give] 2 …   English World dictionary

  • could — modal auxiliary. 1. See can. It functions as (1) the past tense of can, as in We could see for miles, (2) as a conditional equivalent to would be able to, as in I could take you in the car if you like, and (3) as a more tentative form of can in… …   Modern English usage

  • Could — (k??d), imp. of {Can}. [OF. coude. The l was inserted by mistake, under the influence of should and would.] Was, should be, or would be, able, capable, or susceptible. Used as an auxiliary, in the past tense or in the conditional present. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • could've — [kood′əv] contraction could have * * * …   Universalium

  • could've — (could have) v. used to express the possibility that one may have been able to do something …   English contemporary dictionary

  • could — could; could·est; …   English syllables

  • could've — [kood′əv] contraction could have …   English World dictionary

  • could|n't — «KUD uhnt», could not …   Useful english dictionary

  • could — O.E. cuðe, pt. of cunnan to be able (see CAN (Cf. can) (v.)); ending changed 14c. to standard English d(e). The excrescent l was added 15c. 16c. on model of would, should, where it is historical …   Etymology dictionary

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