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    If could come out of that alive...

    Dear all,

    Let's say there is a woman who survived a car crash miraculously and she says the following line to a friend of hers.

    "If I could come out of that(the car crash) alive and in one piece,
    it must be because He is watching over me up there."

    I don't understand the nuance of "could". Does it mean "was able to" in other words?

    Or does it simply mean "can" indirectly?

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    Re: If could come out of that alive...

    I don't understand the nuance of "could". Does it mean "was able to" in other words?

    Yes

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