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    is this correct?

    Hi teachers!

    Is the following statement correct? I have read it in a grammar book.

    "Could" cannot be used in positive sentences in which you describe a momentary or one-time ability.

    Yesterday, I could lift the couch by myself. Not Correct

    If the sentence above is not correct, how shall I say?

    Yesterday, I was able to lift the couch by myself. - is it correct?

    Thank you very much in advance.

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    Re: is this correct?

    Quote Originally Posted by Teia View Post
    Hi teachers!

    Is the following statement correct? I have read it in a grammar book.

    "Could" cannot be used in positive sentences in which you describe a momentary or one-time ability.

    Yesterday, I could lift the couch by myself. Not Correct

    Not necessarily. In the right context it's possible.
    "I've been doing weight-lifting training. I test myself by seeing if I can lift the couch. Finally, yesterday, I could lift the couch by myself!" OR. "I must be getting weaker. Yesterday I could lift the couch by myself. Now I can't."

    If the sentence above is not correct, how shall I say?

    Yesterday, I was able to lift the couch by myself. - is it correct?
    Yes, that's correct, and possibly more widely usable. You could use it in the above contexts, for example.

    Thank you very much in advance.
    R.

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