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    I could run 10km when I was 15, too

    Hi,

    Could (past ability): used as the past tense of 'can' to say what someone was able to do or was allowed to do in the past:

    Dialogue 1:

    A:When I was 15, I could run 10km.
    B:What about now?
    A:Do not worry! I still can.

    Dialogue 2:

    A: I will say what.
    B: Do you know that I could run 10km when I was 15, too?

    I would like to ask if we can use 'could' in such dialogues. I gather that they are OK, but I cannot make sure.

    Thank you.

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    Re: I could run 10km when I was 15, too

    "Could" is correct in both your examples. It's the same as "was able to". I don't understand Dialogue 2 A though. Why would someone say "I will say what"?
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: I could run 10km when I was 15, too

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    "Why would someone say "I will say what"?
    Thanks for the answer. I think it should have been ''I'll tell you what.''

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    Re: I could run 10km when I was 15, too

    "I'll tell you what" would be more logical but ti's usually followed by the same person giving some information. If A had said "I'll tell you what - I could run 10km when I was 15!" and B said "So could I", it be a more sensible dialogue.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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