Spanish translation of could
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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- (= be able to)
⇒ he can do it if he tries hard
puede hacerlo si se esfuerza
⇒ I can't or cannot go any further
no puedo seguirI'll tell you all I can
te diré todo lo que pueda
⇒ he will do all he can to help you
hará lo posible por ayudarteyou can but ask
con preguntar no se pierde nadathey couldn't help it
ellos no tienen la culpa"have another helping" — "I really couldn't"
—¿otra ración? —no puedo
- (= know how to)
⇒ he can't swim
no sabe nadar
⇒ can you speak Italian?
¿sabes (hablar) italiano?
- (= may)
⇒ can I use your telephone?
¿puedo usar su teléfono?
⇒ can I have your name?
¿me dice su nombre?
⇒ could I have a word with you?
¿podría hablar contigo un momento?
⇒ can't I come too?
¿puedo ir también?
- (with verbs of perception: not translated)
⇒ I can hear it
⇒ I couldn't see it anywhere
no lo veía en ninguna parte
⇒ I can't understand why
no comprendo por qué
- (expressing disbelief, puzzlement)
⇒ that cannot be!
¡eso no puede ser!,
⇒ he can't have said that
no puede haber dicho eso
⇒ they can't have left already!
¡no es posible que ya se han ido!how could you lie to me!
¿cómo pudiste mentirme?
⇒ how can you say that?
¿cómo te atreves a decir eso?you can't be serious!
¿lo dices en serio?it can't be true!
¡no puede ser!what can he want?
¿qué querrá?where on earth can she be?
¿dónde demonios puede estar?
- (expressing possibility, suggestion etc)
⇒ he could be in the library
puede que esté en la biblioteca
⇒ you could try telephoning his office
¿por qué no le llamas a su despacho?
⇒ they could have forgotten
puede (ser) que se hayan olvidado
⇒ you could have told me!
¡podías habérmelo dicho!
⇒ it could have been a wolf
podía ser un lobo
⇒ I reckon you could have got a job last year
creo que podías obtener un trabajo el año pasado
- (= want to)
I'm so happy I could cry
soy tan feliz que me dan ganas de llorar or que me voy a echar a llorar
⇒ I could have cried
me daban ganas de llorarI could scream!
¡es para volverse loco!
- (= be occasionally capable of)
⇒ she can be very annoying
a veces te pone negro
⇒ it can get very cold here
aquí puede llegar a hacer mucho frío
- (in comparisons)
⇒ I'm doing it as well as I can
lo hago lo mejor que puedo
⇒ as cheap as can be
lo más barato posible
⇒ as big as big can be
lo más grande posible
⇒ she was as happy as could be
estaba de lo más feliz
⇒ could do with: I could do with a drink
¡qué bien me vendría una copa!
⇒ we could do with a bigger house
nos convendría una casa más grande
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 Spanish Dictionary
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