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Perbedaan penggunaan "can" dengan "could" dan contohnya


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Can dan could digunakan untuk menyatakan kemampuan. Could adalah bentuk lampau (past) dari can.

Contoh:

  •  When I was a child I couldn't take a bath alone, but now I can. (Saat aku kecil, aku tidak bisa mandi sendiri, tapi sekarang aku bisa)

Sering could digunakan untuk ungkapan halus dalam request (permintaan/perintah).

Contoh:

  • “Could you do me a favor?” dianggap lebih halus/sopan daripada “Can you do me a favor?”

Selain untuk menyatakan kemampuan, modal can/could juga digunakan untuk menyatakan kemungkinan. Dalam hal ini, can/could memiliki pengertian yang sama dengan may atau might, dimana pembicara saat menggunakan modal ini merasa kurang yakin akan kebenaran dari fakta yang diucapkannya.

Contoh:

  • It might/may/could/can rain tomorrow = it will possibly rain tomorrow/maybe it will rain tomorrow.
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Latihan soal could

 
In 1945, people ____ play video games.
Yesterday, Peter ____ do that exercise alone. So, he called me for help.
Last Sunday, we ____ take any photos in the museum: it was forbidden.
In 1900, people ____ watch TV.
When I was young, I ____ play the guitar: it was too difficult for me!
Mary's grandfather ____ play chess and he was the best!
In 1950, people ____ use mobile phones.
When his mother was young, she ____ skate but she can't do it any longer.
We ____ open the door: it was locked from the inside!
Her grandmother was bilingual: she ____ speak both English and Spanish.