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I could find some useful books in the library.

 
 
WBYeats
 
Reply Wed 9 Apr, 2014 09:20 am
If we can't say

-Last night I could find some useful books in the library.

which sentence has to be FOUND or MANAGED TO FIND etc,

then can I say this?:

-Last night could you find some useful books in the library?

Interrogative sentences very often can break grammatical restraints, but I am not sure whether this makes an example.
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JTT
 
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Reply Thu 10 Apr, 2014 12:25 pm
@WBYeats,
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If we can't say

-Last night I could find some useful books in the library.

which sentence has to be FOUND or MANAGED TO FIND etc,


Neither of those hold the same nuance, WB. What is used is WAS ABLE TO.

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then can I say this?:

-Last night could you find some useful books in the library?

Interrogative sentences very often can break grammatical restraints, but I am not sure whether this makes an example.


Use WERE YOU ABLE TO.
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dalehileman
 
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Reply Thu 10 Apr, 2014 12:58 pm
@WBYeats,
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-Last night could you find some useful books in the library?
Assuming it was you in the library looking for books, then as suggested by JTT above the grammar is okay but the construction grates
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WBYeats
 
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Reply Thu 10 Apr, 2014 10:56 pm
Thank you~
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