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Reply to "I did what I could"

Lucas, be careful with the use of "hmmm," as it may be understood as questioning what the other person said.

I meant to indicate that I was processing what you'd said and trying to conclude something based on it.



My understanding is that "could" expresses general ability (i.e., an ability extended through time): I did what I could do (= what I was capable of doing under the circumstances).

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

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