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    I couldn't find

    I couldn't find my books.
    Could you play the guitar before taking lessons.

    I understand these sentences are correct.We are talking about the past activities then why are we using base form of Verb and not the past participle?

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    #2

    Re: I couldn't find

    You always use the base form of the verb after the modal auxiliary "could."

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    Re: I couldn't find

    More natural, I think, is:

    Could you play the guitar before you took lessons?
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    In any case, that second sentence is a question and needs a question mark.

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    Re: I couldn't find

    I can't find my books now.
    I couldn't find my books then.

    I can't read without reading glasses now.
    I could read without reading glasses a recently as three years ago.

    "Could" is the past of "can."

    (It can also be a conditional, but that's not the form in your sentences.)
    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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    Re: I couldn't find

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    I can't read without reading glasses now.
    I could read without reading glasses a recently as three years ago.
    Is the word 'reading' optional, Barb?



    (A Happy New Year 2016!)

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    Re: I couldn't find

    Happy new year to you too.

    "Reading glasses" are used for close-up. It's a specific sign that I'm getting old.
    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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    Re: I couldn't find

    Quote Originally Posted by Odessa Dawn View Post
    Is the word 'reading' optional, Barb?



    (A Happy New Year 2016!)
    People often say "glasses". For example: "I was looking for my glasses, then I realized I was wearing them."
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    "When you get old you need glasses in order to read,
    Then you forget them, and where are the glasses you need?"

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