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Is it possible to use 'couldn't' for conjecture?
Can you give me a few examples?
Apr 30, 2020 5:24 AM
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I couldn't imagine a more qualified individual for the job.

I couldn't think of a reason why anyone would hate him.

I couldn't see myself being with any other person in this world but you.
April 30, 2020
Examples:

His theory on the pandemic couldn't be proven.

Couldn't you use the evidence that we found yesterday to prove his theory?

There couldn't have been any more evidence to prove his theory because I concealed all of the evidence in a vault and hid it underground.
April 30, 2020
Thank you very much! :) These are precious to me.
May 1, 2020
Past tense examples:

I had several meetings that I was required to attend, so I told my boss that I couldn't finish the proposal today.

I couldn't exercise today since I had injured myself yesterday.

I couldn't decide which outfit I liked better, so I bought them both.
April 30, 2020
Gosh... 'couldn't' sounds too much like a statement in the past tense to me.
April 30, 2020
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