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I get confuse about the correct use of the modal "could"
She could answer the question
1.This sentence means that she will be able to answer the question? or
2. that means that she was able to answer the question?
The confusion comes because I know "could" is the past of "can" but in sentences mean future for example "she could be the next top model" or something that have the skill to perform the activity like in the sentence above.
Last edited by shade878; 14-Mar-2009 at 17:16.
paulmoss gave you very good information. I would just like to add this point about 'could'.
'She could answer the question' can also be used to imply that she is perfectly capable of answering the question, if she chooses to.
A: Will you help me move my things to the new apartment?
B: [Gives some vague and non-committal response]
A: You could do it if you wanted to .