Could

English grammar (See all)

Want to improve your English? Test our online English lessons for free!

Could

Could has various uses:

•  Past of can:
When I was younger, I could walk for miles. When I was younger, I was able to walk long distances.

•  Present Conditional:
I could stay with her all my life. I would be happy, I would like to stay with her all my life.
He could be here with us if he weren't abroad all the time. He would be able to be here with us if he weren't abroad all the time.

•  Possibility: similar to can, but could emphasizes doubt:
He could be right. Maybe he is right (we are not sure).

•  Politeness:
Could I have some change please?
Could you pass me the bread please?


Still having difficulties with 'Could'? Want to improve your English? Test our online English lessons and receive a free level assessment!


Do you have smart way of remembering this rule? A tip to avoid making a mistake on 'Could'? Share it with us!