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    Re: It can be dangerous to cycle in the city.

    Here's my take on the examples from post #35.

    10) The writer is relating a story about a past event, so he uses could to show past time ability. He was literally trying to imagine what had happened.

    11) I don't think this one is really about a past ability to imagine anything. The writer probably wasn't trying to imagine anything.

    12) I think this one is identical to 11. I think the writer is just trying to stress how much the hurricane affected her.

    13) I think the writer really was trying to imagine the man's Christmas. It's similar to 10.

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    Re: It can be dangerous to cycle in the city.

    Quote Originally Posted by jutfrank View Post
    Here's my take on the examples from post #35.

    10) The writer is relating a story about a past event, so he uses could to show past time ability. He was literally trying to imagine what had happened.

    11) I don't think this one is really about a past ability to imagine anything. The writer probably wasn't trying to imagine anything.

    12) I think this one is identical to 11. I think the writer is just trying to stress how much the hurricane affected her.

    13) I think the writer really was trying to imagine the man's Christmas. It's similar to 10.
    But I couldn't imagine is about the past time in all of them. Am I right?

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    Re: It can be dangerous to cycle in the city.

    Yes. They're all personal narratives about the past.

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