French translation of 'could'
could[(STRONG) ˈkʊd, kəd]
past tense of verb
1. of can1
2. (past possibility)
In those days you could get a job easily. À l’époque, on pouvait facilement trouver du travail.
I couldn’t sleep because of the noise. Je ne pouvais pas dormir à cause du bruit.
I couldn’t eat it all. Je n’ai pas pu tout manger.
I could see that something was wrong. Je voyais bien que quelque chose n’allait pas.
I couldn’t understand a word. Je ne comprenais rien.
3. (present possibility)
You could be right. Vous avez peut-être raison.
He could be in the library. Il est peut-être dans la bibliothèque.
They could have forgotten. Ils ont peut-être oublié.
She could have been delayed. Il se peut qu’elle ait été retardée.
4. (future possibility)
You could hire a bike. Tu pourrais louer un vélo.
You could hurt yourself. Tu pourrais te faire mal.
5. (in requests)
Could I speak to you in private? Est-ce que je pourrais vous parler seul à seul ?
He asked if he could make a phone call. Il a demandé s’il pouvait passer un coup de fil.
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Example Sentences Including 'could'
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Is that something we could afford?Times, Sunday Times (2008)
That could mean something as simple as scanning a document and emailing it straight out.Computing (2010)
For legal reasons, they couldn't use any of the original code.DOT.CON (2001)
Any fool could use it.Times, Sunday Times (2007)
He once said: 'I could get a kick out of two flies crawling up a window if it was a good race.Times, Sunday Times (2013)
People think, 'I could do that.Times, Sunday Times (2017)
Then it goes back into something that could be anyone.Times, Sunday Times (2016)
Who would have thought that something so soft could cause so much anxiety?Times, Sunday Times (2011)
You could try something elementary: loosen the laces or straps on your shoes.Times, Sunday Times (2008)
If we do, it is certainly something we could use again.Times, Sunday Times (2015)
The brands could use alternatives, but plastic is cheap.Times, Sunday Times (2016)
And, if necessary, drugs could be used to bring this risk factor under control.The 8-Week Cholesterol Cure (1990)
Cops who seized him found he had cable ties and tape that could have been used as a blindfold or gag.The Sun (2016)
English FA also fear he could use any approach from them to get a better deal from Portugal.The Sun (2006)
FOREIGN visitors who use A&E could soon have to pay as part of a crackdown on health tourism.The Sun (2013)
He insisted the badges could be used only with staff consent and that bosses get merely an overview of activity.The Sun (2017)
I could see something like this coming and the incident with the three yellow cards was a disaster for him.The Sun (2006)
I could then use some of the money to pay off the remaining mortgage on my main home.Times, Sunday Times (2010)
I couldn't use the loo for a while.The Sun (2008)
If we had filmed in America or something it could have been disastrous.The Sun (2011)
It could be a muscle or it could be something worse.Times, Sunday Times (2008)
It had to be something they could connect with.Times, Sunday Times (2014)
It would easily cover all the costs so they could do something really special.The Sun (2017)
Not only would the fishes get a tasty meal but your bones could be used as the basis for a new coral reef.The Sun (2011)
Or he could use emergency powers to force companies to employ British workers.Times, Sunday Times (2009)
Others could use them as political capital.Democracy and its Critics - Anglo-American democratic thought in the nineteenth century (1989)
The submarine could have been used to monitor the movement of Indian warships.Times, Sunday Times (2017)
Though you could sit in something else and just gaze at it.Times, Sunday Times (2006)
We wept, we held each other and we each wished there was something we could say or do that would bring you back.The Sun (2011)
Yet we are getting a glimpse into something that could turn the dial on cancer treatment in the future.Times, Sunday Times (2016)
We were watching knowing we could have done something special there again.Times, Sunday Times (2016)
Think about ways in which you could use the vast amount of energy which these sorts of emotions put at your disposal.Life Without Work (1994)
Yet we easily could use another 150 workers today.Christianity Today (2000)
Trends of 'could'
Extremely Common. could is one of the 1000 most commonly used words in the Collins dictionary
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'could' in Other Languages
British English: could /kʊd/ VERB
If you say you could do something, you mean that you were able to do it.
I could see through the window.
- American English: could
- Arabic: يَسْتَطِيعُ
- Brazilian Portuguese: conseguir
- Chinese: 能
- Croatian: moći
- Czech: mohl
- Danish: kunne
- Dutch: kunnen
- European Spanish: poder
- Finnish: voida
- French: avoir pu
- German: könnte
- Greek: μπορούσα
- Italian: potevo, potevi, ecc.imperfect tense
- Japanese: ･･･できた
- Korean: 할 수 있었다
- Norwegian: kunne
- Polish: móc
- European Portuguese: pretérito de can
- Romanian: a putea
- Russian: мочь
- Spanish: poder
- Swedish: kunde
- Thai: สามารถ
- Turkish: muktedir olmak
- Ukrainian: могти
- Vietnamese: có thể
Translation of could from the Collins English to French Dictionary