Lesson 8

Read the following sentences choose whether the meaning of could is past tense ability or present/future possibility.

  1. I could be home late tonight. Don’t wait for me. 

Ability               Possibility

  1. When David was a kid, he could speak fluent Spanish.

Ability               Possibility

  1. A: Where’s Alicia? B: She could be at the mall.

Ability               Possibility

  1. In 1979 we could swim in the lake, but now we can’t.

Ability               Possibility

  1. A: What is this? B: I don’t know. It could be used as a vase.

Ability               Possibility

  1. The air plane could arrive early today. We’d better leave now.

Ability               Possibility

  1. When I was younger, I could jump rope really well.

Ability               Possibility