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An example use of could in a speech by a native speaker of american english:
“… at the time what could a small study …”
the word could occurs in english on average 1187 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for A1 level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.
it is hard to perfectly classify words into specific topics since each word can have many context of its use, but our machine-learning models believe that could can be often used in the following areas:
1) business and work;
2) communication, information, and media;
3) people, society, and culture;