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Reply to "I did what I could"

@Former Member posted:

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

I know. I just wanted to point out that the other interpretation was also possible.

@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.

Lucas, "could" does not express past ability AND specific performance unless it is in the negative. If it did, the two clauses in your sentence would be mutually redundant:

? I did what I succeeded in doing / what I managed to do.

Last edited by Gustavo, Co-Moderator
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