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    #1

    Is it present tense?

    It is there. (simple presnt tense)
    It was there. (simple past tense)

    Similarly,

    I can go.( simple present tense)
    I could go.( can is past of could, so is it present tense?)

    If yes, Could you please tell me the reason?
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    #2

    Re: Is it present tense?

    'Could' could refer to the present/future when referring to possibility according to definition#2 at http://www.ldoceonline.com/dictionary/could
    I am not a teacher.

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    #3

    Re: Is it present tense?

    Syntactically, the modal auxiliary "can" has two tenses: past (could) and present (can). So your example "I could go" is a past tense sentence. But semantically "could" does not only refer to past time. In fact it has three main uses: past time (Ed could be a real nuisance at times); backshift (My teacher told me I could pass the exam if I studied really hard); modal remoteness especially in conditionals (I could do it if they paid me enough).

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    Re: Is it present tense?

    One more doubt.

    I could go wrong in my spoken English.

    It is past tense but it refers to present and future. Right??

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    #5

    Re: Is it present tense?

    Yes, in the right context.

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