Reply to "The use of can and could"

Hello, Gustavo, thank you and I am very excited to have joined the Grammar Exchange.

The preceding text of the sentence I quoted says: "If he was filthy and dirty in his habits; and if all this followed after concussion of the brain, and a sufficient concussion at ten and eleven years of age to render him unconscious for four or five days with the frequent reoccurrence of tremendous headaches, what would you say? And also with a very decided nomadic tendency and extremely melancholic episodes, sometimes punctuated with what you might call exalted moods and sickly piety?"

Mathers took a moment to absorb this lengthy question before responding. "I don't think anybody could say as to that particular man just what the influence of that accident or that concussion was," he said... 

 

 

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