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    #1

    Talking he has everything a guy COULD want.

    what does could mean grammatically?
    thank you in advance.

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    #2

    Re: he has everything a guy COULD want.

    *just an assistant ESL teacher

    "'Could' is used to talk about theoretical possibility and is similar in meaning to 'might'.

    • It could rain later. Take an umbrella.
    • He could be there by now.
    • Could he be any happier?
    • It could be Sarah's. "
    from: English Grammar Lessons

    So, he has everything a guy might want. It is hard to buy this guy a good present.


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    #3

    Re: he has everything a guy COULD want.

    Without changing the meaning you could say "He has everything a guy could possibly want." In other words, it is impossible to want more than he has. He couldn't want more.
    Last edited by probus; 11-Mar-2011 at 06:34.

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