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translating "could" in Spanish


When wanting to say "could" in Spanish - like "I could go to the game", or "it could have been different", what is the difference between using the preterite tense vs the imperfect tense? i.e. pude vs podia?

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Base language: English
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    I could go to the game >> Podría ir al partido

    Es decir, aún tienes la posibilidad de ir al partido.

    It could have been different >> Podía haber sido diferente.

    Es decir, podría haber sido diferente, pero ya no es posible cambiarlo porque ya ha ocurrido.

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