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Point 103 in modality is defined as:

‘could’ to talk about possibility.

This requires manual interpretation and is therefore hard to differentiate it from uses which range from c2-a2.  However, one particular formal point in both examples given on the EGP is ‘really.’

But believe me, it could be really fun…
Could this really happen? Could he really be there…

For this reason, we will just search for this Ngram.

could * really *

B1 vocabulary: blame figure helpful argue complain creative handle imagine taste ugly valuable

1 COULD N’T REALLY TELL 548
2 COULD IT REALLY BE 525
3 COULD N’T REALLY SEE 508
4 COULD N’T REALLY FIND 474
5 COULD N’T REALLY GET 438
6 COULD N’T REALLY BE 370
7 COULD BE REALLY GOOD 366
8 COULD N’T REALLY DO 311
9 COULD BE REALLY USEFUL 267
10 COULD THIS REALLY BE 203
11 COULD N’T REALLY SAY 195
12 COULD N’T REALLY AFFORD 191
13 COULD BE REALLY COOL 180


14 COULD BE REALLY HELPFUL 177

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15 COULD NEVER REALLY GET 172
16 COULD N’T REALLY UNDERSTAND 162
17 COULD WORK REALLY WELL 162
18 COULD BE REALLY INTERESTING 157
19 COULD N’T REALLY HAVE 152
20 COULD NOT REALLY BE 150
21 COULD BE REALLY FUN 141
22 COULD HAVE REALLY USED 128
23 COULD THERE REALLY BE 117
24 COULD BE REALLY BAD 115
25 COULD N’T REALLY MAKE 111
26 COULD DO REALLY WELL 109
27 COULD N’T REALLY HEAR 101
28 COULD BE REALLY GREAT 91
29 COULD N’T REALLY GIVE 91
30 COULD N’T REALLY GO 91
31 COULD NEVER REALLY BE 89
32 COULD BE REALLY , 88
33 COULD N’T REALLY CARE 88
34 COULD N’T REALLY FIGURE 85
35 COULD N’T REALLY EXPLAIN 80
36 COULD BE REALLY NICE 76
37 COULD N’T REALLY THINK 75
38 COULD N’T REALLY FEEL 72
39 COULD ONLY REALLY BE 72
40 COULD N’T REALLY BELIEVE 71
41 COULD I REALLY BE 68
42 COULD HAVE REALLY BEEN 66
43 COULD N’T REALLY ASK 66
44 COULD N’T REALLY USE 66
45 COULD BE REALLY IMPORTANT 64
46 COULD N’T REALLY PUT 63
47 COULD NOT REALLY FIND 63
48 COULD N’T REALLY TALK 61
49 COULD THAT REALLY BE 60
50 COULD N’T REALLY HELP 58
51 COULD NOT REALLY SEE 58
52 COULD N’T REALLY REMEMBER 56
53 COULD THEY REALLY BE 55
54 COULD N’T REALLY PLAY 54
55 COULD N’T REALLY TAKE 54
56 COULD HE REALLY BE 52
57 COULD GET REALLY INTERESTING 51


58 COULDN’T REALLY BLAME 50

  Grand Tour Nation
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  The Hollywood Gossip
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We couldn’t really blame anyone for thinking this. The veteran reality star has spent the past several months hinting strongly that her relationship …
  Derry Now
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59 COULD N’T REALLY COME 49
60 COULD BE REALLY BENEFICIAL 48
61 COULD BE REALLY HANDY 48
62 COULD N’T REALLY ANSWER 47
63 COULD NOT REALLY TELL 46
64 COULD BE REALLY DANGEROUS 45
65 COULD N’T REALLY WORK 45
66 COULD HAVE REALLY DONE 43
67 COULD N’T REALLY SPEAK 43
68 COULD EVER REALLY BE 42
69 COULD N’T REALLY TASTE 42
70 COULD SHE REALLY BE 42
71 COULD HAVE REALLY HELPED 41
72 COULD N’T REALLY MOVE 41
73 COULD BE REALLY HARD 40
74 COULD N’T REALLY CALL 40
75 COULD N’T REALLY HANDLE 40
76 COULD HE REALLY HAVE 39
77 COULD N’T REALLY IMAGINE 39
78 COULD BE REALLY BIG 37
79 COULD BE REALLY EFFECTIVE 37
80 COULD NEVER REALLY UNDERSTAND 37
81 COULD GET REALLY UGLY 36
82 COULD N’T REALLY ARGUE 36
83 COULD NOT REALLY AFFORD 36
84 COULD YOU REALLY BE 36
85 COULD BE REALLY EASY 35
86 COULD GET REALLY CREATIVE 35
87 COULD NOT REALLY GET 35
88 COULD HAVE REALLY MADE 34
89 COULD N’T REALLY JUSTIFY 34
90 COULD WE REALLY BE 34
91 COULD BE REALLY EXCITING 33
92 COULD NOT REALLY HAVE 33
93 COULD N’T REALLY READ 32
94 COULD HAVE REALLY HURT 31
95 COULD N’T REALLY KEEP 31
96 COULD N’T REALLY PICK 31
97 COULD THIS REALLY HAPPEN 31
98 COULD NEVER REALLY FIND 30
99 COULD BE REALLY VALUABLE 29
100 COULD N’T REALLY COMPLAIN 29

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