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The train departed before I could get to the station.
This sentence is taken from a grammar book without any context. Did 'I' get to the station? Does the sentence mean 'The train departed before I got to the station?
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The train departed before you got to the station.
If you realise, in time, that it has already left, you could turn back and never actually arrive at the station.