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Language Tip: Could, Might


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Could + verb (in all grammatical persons) can express a possibility to do something or act somehow or the past time of can. The meaning usually depends on the context.

Positive sentence
I could come at six.
She could swim when she was five.

Negative sentence
We could not (couldn’t) do our homework as there was a power outage.
We certainly could not go there.

Could they use your telephone?
Could he help me tomorrow?

Might + verb (in all grammatical persons) usually expresses a slight probability.

He might know about it.
They might come tomorrow.

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