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Reply to "I did what I could"

@Former Member posted:

I wonder what David might think about it because it seems to me that both options are possible depending on the context.

I understood that by "both options" you mean that the sentence:

- I did what I could.

can mean:

1. I did what I was capable of doing (could: general past ability)

or

2. I did what I managed to do (could: specific past ability, i.e., ability + performance)

My claim is that interpretation (2) is not possible because it would be redundant to say that you did (past performance) what you managed to do (past ability + past performance).

Last edited by Gustavo, Co-Moderator
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