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    could in a narrative context

    Hi,

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    - Alice didn't know what to do yesterday. She could go to the museum, or she could visit her grandmother. And then she decided to do the latter.''

    I'd like to ask if it is OK to use 'could' in the above sentence if it is told in a past-time narrative context.

    I think we can use 'could' as a past form of 'can' but am not sure.

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    Re: could in a narrative context

    I would use "have" after "could" in both instances: "Could have gone and Could have visited.

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    Re: could in a narrative context

    Thanks for the answer, Mike.

    Could you please tell me if 'could' is, indeed, wrong?

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    Re: could in a narrative context

    I think it is wrong if you are referring to a past possibility.
    I am not a teacher.

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    #5

    Re: could in a narrative context

    It is wrong in those sentences.

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    #6

    Re: could in a narrative context

    Quote Originally Posted by ademoglu View Post
    I think we can use 'could' as a past form of 'can' but am not sure.
    'could
    1 used as the past tense of 'can' to say what someone was able to do or was allowed to do in the past'── quoted from http://ldoceonline.com/dictionary/could

    The above definition does not fit your context.
    I am not a teacher.

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