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    Does "could" mean "can" in this sentence?

    Is it right to understand "could" as "can" in the following sentence?

    "If only I could get some sleep, I would be able to cope."(original sentence)

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    Re: Does "could" mean "can" in this sentence?

    Hi,

    In my opinion, no. It means that the person wishes to get some sleep, but s/he can't.

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    Charliedeut

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    Re: Does "could" mean "can" in this sentence?

    I'm with Charliedeut on this- it doesn't mean the same.

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    Re: Does "could" mean "can" in this sentence?

    Quote Originally Posted by eggcracker View Post
    Is it right to understand "could" as "can" in the following sentence?

    "If only I could get some sleep, I would be able to cope."(original sentence)
    If only I could get some sleep, I would be able to cope = I have been trying to get some sleep but I have been failing. If I had been able to, coping would be possible. I wish I were able to sleep but I'm not.

    If I can get some sleep, I will be able to cope = If I am able to get some sleep (tonight or during other unspecified nights in the future), coping will be possible.

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