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Unformatted text preview: Could I possibly come and see you next week? NOTICE: also can (Unit 28); also may (Unit 30) 3 Past tense of can can can a ABILITY EXAMPLE: We could not find a seat on the train. b PERMISSION EXAMPLE: In those days, you could drive without a licence. c POSSIBILITY EXAMPLE: At that time, you could live like a king on twenty dollars a day. NOTICE: Luckily, I could get in by the back door. It was possible. Luckily, I was able to get in by the back door. And I did. ALSO be able to (Unit 36.1) NOTICE: We also use could ( NOT can ) in sentences with a past tense verb before the modal (Unit 63.8). EXAMPLES: They wanted to know if I could help them. He said that he could not come on Saturday....
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- Spring '10
- Grammatical tense