Element USE: REPORTED SPEECH
SuperCat MODALITY
SubCat could
Lexical Range N/A
Level B2
Cando Can use 'could' as the past form of 'can' in reported speech.
Corrected Learner Example I told them I couldn't go because I didn't have money, I wasn't honest! (Spanish - European, B2 VANTAGE, Pass, 1999)

The woman said she could put me up if I wanted, and led me to a house nearby. (Chinese, B2 VANTAGE, Pass, 1999)
Uncorrected Learner Example
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