Come = venir / go = ir. Come is also llegar (arrive) What time are they coming? – ¿A qué hora llegan?

‘Come ‘ is used with ‘here’. – “I’m waiting in my house for Paul. I wonder what time he’s going to come (here)?”

“How did you come to be an accountant?” – ¿Cómo llegaste a ser un contable? Reza, how did you come to be a teacher?

“Go” can mean ‘become’ when It’s used with an adjective – “I think I’m going crazy.” – “Creo que me estoy volviendo loco.”

Could is related to Can. Could is the past of can and the conditional. You also used the following examples:

I could see him = Yo podía verlo (for the past)

I could see him = Yo podría verlo (for the conditional)

Podía is not exactly the past of the verb ‘Poder’ in Spanish, it is the ‘Pretérito imperfecto‘. The past of the verb ‘Poder’ in Spanish is ‘Pude’.

Yo pude (Pretérito)
Yo podía (Pretérito imperfecto)

“When I was a child I could run really fast, but I can’t now.” (general ability)

When you’re talking about a specific situation, ‘could’ is not possible: “I fell from a great height and broke my leg, but I was able to get up.” No se dice X“I could get up.“X

Use ‘could’ for general ability and not for specific situations.

In the negative, you can use ‘could’ in both circumstances: “I broke my leg and I couldn’t get up.” / “When I was a child I couldn’t play the piano.” (Use the negative ‘couldn’t’ (could not) for general ability and for specific situations.

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