English - Alternative Forms
- cou’d (obsolete)
English - Etymology
From Middle English coude, from Old English cūþe, past indicative and past subjunctive form of cunnan (“to be able”). The addition of the silent 'l' was likely a misappropriation attempting to normalize with modal verbs will/would and shall/should. However, while the letter l was historically pronounced in the latter two, can never did have an l sound in it.
English - Pronunciation
- IPA(key): /kʊd/
- Rhymes: -ʊd
English - Verb
- simple past tense of can
conditional of can
- Used as a past subjunctive (contrary to fact).
- Used to politely ask for permission to do something.
- Used to politely ask for someone else to do something.
- Used to show the possibility that something might happen.
- Used to suggest something.