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    Dual usage

    My question is ...

    When I was your age, the only thing I could think of is cricket.

    Is this sentence grammatically acceptable under any circumstances?

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    Re: Dual usage

    Although, at first, is appears to be the problem, it's not; it's could. Here are two non-past uses of could, and neither fits the pattern you want,

    To express conditional possibility or ability:
    EX: You could do it if you tried.

    In offering suggestions or advice:
    You could write and ask for more information.

    In short, given 'could think', we expect 'was', not is.

    Welcome.

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