Sentences and Questions with Could

In this post, you will find all the different types of sentences you can make with the modal could.

We can use the modal “could” to make sentences that refer to the past, present or future

PastWe could hear voices
Present It could be blue
FutureThe storm could get worse

Continue reading so you could learn how to make sentences and questions with could

Affirmative Sentences with Could

These are some examples of affirmative sentences with could

  • I could not help it.
  • We could say he has excellent taste.
  • Maybe we could get a van
  • That could be a reality.
  • She could have been a model.
  • Worse things could happen.
  • I hoped we could go for a walk.
  • She could barely breathe.
  • I could use that money
  • It could be much worse.
  • I thought I could control my emotions.
  • We could have lunch early.
  • This could be the best day of our lives

Negative Sentences with Could

These are some examples of negative sentences with could

  • I couldn’t sleep
  • I couldn’t believe it.
  • I couldn’t break the rules
  • I couldn’t finish the fight
  • He couldn’t be serious.
  • He couldn’t lift that. It’s too heavy.
  • She couldn’t finish the marathon
  • She couldn’t save any money for the trip
  • We couldn’t return the money
  • We couldn’t film anything today, it was rainy

Questions with Could

These are some examples of questions with could

  • Could you start a fire, honey?
  • Could you carry that?
  • Could you get them out?
  • Could you wait for me here, honey?
  • Could that be the house?
  • Could other people do this too?
  • Could I see you for a minute, please?
  • Could you call again later, please?
  • Could you give me a ride to the station?
  • Could you write it down, please?
  • Could I pay by credit card?
  • Could you order more food?
  1. Could you pass me the salt, please?
  2. Could you help me with this project?
  3. Could you understand what I just explained?
  4. Could you make it to the meeting tomorrow?
  5. Could you recommend a good restaurant nearby?

Wh-Questions with Could

These are some examples of wh-questions with could

  • How could she be so stupid?
  • What could she say?
  • How could he be so calm about it?
  • How could anyone be right 100% of the time?
  • How could he be so cruel?
  • What could they do?
  • How could I refuse?
  • How could I expect more?
  • How could you say something like that?

Passive Voice with Could

The structure to make passive sentences with could is this

SubjectThe cake
Past Participlebaked
Optionalby the chef

These are examples of the passive voice with could

  • The cake could be baked by the chef.
  • The book could be read by millions of people.
  • The solution could be implemented by the company.
  • The game could be enjoyed by the children.
  • The presentation could be given by the speaker.

Conversation with Could

This is an example of a conversation with could

MichelleWill’s party is tonight
ElizabethIt’s a Halloween party
MichelleOh right. I could go as Wonder Woman
MichelleYes, we don’t know anybody there except for Will
ElizabethWhat time are you gonna get there?
MichelleProbably around 8
ElizabethCould you get there earlier?
Michellesure, around 7?
ElizabethYes, see you there
Michelle See you

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