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Reply to "I did what I could"

Hmmm, so it means that "could" is capable of expressing a specific past ability, unless it's about a general ability...

I think a reasonable question now is what is coded in the "could" - is it "I did what I could do" or "I did what I could have done?"

Hmmm, it seems like if it's a past equivalent of "I do what I can," it would be about a general ability, whereas if it's a past equivalent of "I am doing what I can," then it would be about a specific ability. Hmmm, interesting... what do you think?

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