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The tragedy of life is not so much what men suffer, but rather what they miss.
Thomas Carlyle
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Verb

could

  1. Simple past of can.
    Before I was blind, I could see very well.
  2. Used to politely ask for permission to do something
    Could I borrow your coat?
  3. Used to politely ask for someone else to do something
    Could you proof-read this email?
  4. Used to show the possibility that something might happen.
    We could rearrange the time if you like.
  5. Used to suggest something.
    You could try adding more salt to the soup.

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