Element USE: ABILITY
SuperCat MODALITY
SubCat could
Lexical Range N/A
Level B1
Cando Can use the affirmative form of 'could' to talk about ability.
Corrected Learner Example ? she could hear a man talking, he was giving her orders? (Spanish - Latin American, B1 THRESHOLD, Pass, 2008)
Uncorrected Learner Example
Comments In both the NS data and the learner data, past ability with affirmative 'could' is relatively low freq. The negative form 'couldn?t' for (in)ability is much more common.

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