Italian translation of 'could'
past tense of verb, conditional verb
- of can1
Example Sentences Including 'could'
The trouble was that I could n't concentrate on the documents at all.THE EXECUTION (2002)
He put his hand on my shoulder and I could feel the dampness of my shirt.THE EXECUTION (2002)
I could hear her speaking to someone on the phone but could n't make out what she was saying.THE EXECUTION (2002)
Trends of 'could'
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Word forms: negative cannot, can't, conditional, past tense could
- (be able to)
potereI'll tell you all I can
ti dirò tutto quello che possoshe was as happy as could be
più felice di così non poteva essereshe can be very annoying
lei a volte è molto fastidiosa,
lei riesce ad essere molto fastidiosahe can do it if he tries hard
è capace di farlo se si sforzathey couldn't help it
non potevano farci nienteI can't or cannot go any further
non posso andare oltre
- (know how to)
essere capace di,
sapereI can speak French
so parlare francesecan you speak Italian?
parli italiano?I can swim/drive
so nuotare/guidarehe can't swim/drive
non sa nuotare/guidare
poterecan't I come too?
non posso venire anch'io?could I have a word with you?
potrei parlarti un attimo?can I use your telephone?
posso usare il tuo telefono?
- (expressing disbelief, puzzlement)
how could you lie to me!
come hai potuto dirmi una bugia!she can't possibly marry that creep! (informal)
non è possibile che sposi quell'essere!you can't be serious!
scherzi?this can't be true!
non può essere vero!what can he want?
cosa può mai volere?they can't have left already!
non è possibile che siano già partiti!
- (expressing possibility, suggestion etc)
they could have forgotten
potrebbero essersene dimenticatihe could be in the library
può darsi che sia in biblioteca,
potrebbe essere in bibliotecaI could have cried/screamed!
mi sarei messo a piangere/urlare!
- (not translated)
can you hear me?
mi senti?I can't see you
non ti vedo
Example Sentences Including 'can'
Anyhow, can you have them trace -' He looked at his notebook again.YESTERDAY'S SHADOW (2002)
I can assure you that I'm personally doing all I can for Monsieur Jarawa.THE EXECUTION (2002)
Jamie said: `Well, whatever happens tomorrow I think we can call the campaign a success.THE EXECUTION (2002)
'could' in Other Languages
- Arabic: يَسْتَطِيعُ
- Brazilian Portuguese: conseguir
- Chinese: 能
- Croatian: moći
- Czech: mohl mohla
- 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 kan
- Polish: móc
- Portuguese: pretérito de can
- Romanian: a putea
- Russian: мочь
- Spanish: poder
- Swedish: kunde
- Thai: สามารถ
- Turkish: muktedir olmak
- Ukrainian: могти змогти
- Vietnamese: có thể
Translation of could from the Collins English to Italian Dictionary