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    I could not find it

    Hi,

    I am eager to learn English and want to be fluent in talk.
    I am always getting confused while talking because of improper basic grammar knowledge.
    Please help me and clear my basic doubts.
    Tell me any way to improve my grammar.

    Which one of the below is correct and why?

    I could not find it.
    I could not found it.

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    #2

    Re: Basic grammar

    'Could' is a modal verb, after which the bare infinitive should be used.

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    #3

    Re: Basic grammar

    Vijay, do you know what a bare infinitive is?

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    #4

    Re: I could not find it

    Quote Originally Posted by vijayalakshmi.g View Post
    Hi,

    I am eager to learn English and want to be speak it fluently. in talk.
    I am always getting confused while talking because of improper my very basic grammar knowledge.
    Please help me and clear up my basic doubts.
    Also, can you tell me any way to improve my grammar?

    Which one of the sentences below is correct and why?

    I could not find it.
    I could not found it.
    Welcome to the forum.

    Please see my corrections in red above. Please also note that I have changed the title of your thread. Don't give your threads generic titles such as "Grammar" or "Help" or "Sentences". Thread titles should include some or all of the words/phrases you are querying.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #5

    Re: I could not find it

    http://www.oxfordlearnersdictionarie...e?q=infinitive
    The OP may see above if he doesn't know what 'infinitive' means.
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    Quote Originally Posted by vijayalakshmi.g View Post
    Tell me any way to improve my grammar.
    Visit grammar sites.

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    #6

    Re: I could not find it

    Thanks for the responses.

    If you give me the reasons along with corrections, then it will be helpful to understand and correct my mistakes.

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    #7

    Re: I could not find it

    'I could not find it' is correct because the bare infinitive 'find' is used after the modal verb 'could'.
    For details, see http://speakspeak.com/resources/engl...are-infinitive
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