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    could/could have

    How do you say "I could" or "I could have" in Russian ?

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    Someone please correct me if I'm wrong:
    я мог - I could
    я мог иметь - I could have

    Yet it also depends on how your using it.
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    I think he is referring to could have as in "I could have bought that jacket!" not "I could have everything I want!"

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    Then it should be "я мог бы".
    Когда ты плачешь...
    В городе пахнет только тобою
    Низ живота наполняет любовью
    Море улыбок и море желаний
    Времени нет и нет расстояний
    Воздух вокруг ни на что не похожий
    Нет ни машин не случайных прохожих
    Есть только ты и я...

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    Re: could/could have

    Quote Originally Posted by Johnroman
    How do you say "I could" or "I could have" in Russian ?
    It depends.

    In English "I could" can be the past tense of "I can", e.g. "I was able to", or it can be the start of a conditional statement. In Russian these would be rendered differently. We need example of what you are trying to say.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AmyMariovna
    Someone please correct me if I'm wrong:
    я мог иметь - I could have

    Yet it also depends on how your using it.
    No. He means "I could have" in the context of: "I could have gone to the cinema....".

    Also иметь is rarely used to mean "to have" as in "to possess".
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