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    could physical ability

    1. I couldn't open the door because it was stuck. (physical ability)
    2. I couldn't have opened the door because I was not there at that time. (opportunity or possibility)

    What is the positive form of the first sentence?
    3. I was able to open the door.
    4. I managed to open the door.
    5. I can have opened the door.
    6. I could opened the door.

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    #2

    Re: could physical ability

    Quote Originally Posted by atabitaraf View Post
    1. I couldn't open the door because it was stuck. (physical ability)
    2. I couldn't have opened the door because I was not there at that time. (opportunity or possibility)

    What is the positive form of the first sentence?
    3. I was able to open the door.
    4. I managed to open the door.
    5. I can have opened the door.
    6. I could opened the door.
    #3 and #4 work.

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    #3

    Re: could physical ability

    Agreed, but 4 suggests it was a struggle.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    #4

    Re: could physical ability

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    Agreed, but 4 suggests it was a struggle.
    http://9laughs.com/doors-are-hard-13-gifs/ The last one did struggle!
    Please be aware that I'm neither a native English speaker nor a teacher.

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    #5

    Re: could physical ability

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    Agreed, but 4 suggests it was a struggle.
    #4 said "I could opened the door" so (I humbly suggest) that it is grammatically incorrect. It could have been:

    I could open the door.
    I could have opened the door.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #6

    Re: could physical ability

    Oops. Didn't even see that! I knew what it was supposed to say, so I "saw" that.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    #7

    Re: could physical ability

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    #4 said "I could opened the door"
    #​6.

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    Re: could physical ability

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    #​6.
    I now join the oops brigade!
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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