The following example shows how
to use the modals, "can" and "could" in different ways. It was
written during a
class exercise in Advanced Composition.
A Sad Truth
Lately, Iíve been made aware of a sad
truth about this old body of mine: I could bend much more
easily when I was younger than I can accomplish today. My
Pilateís teacher can encourage me to try, but I donít
think Iíll ever again be as flexible as I was when I was twenty
years old. Back then, I was devoted to the practice of Yoga.
Each morning, my routine included the sun salutations, a series
of 12 movements made in the direction of the rising sun. Every
day, I performed the plough position. While resting on my back,
I put my legs up over my body and then placed my knees behind my
head. Nowadays, my new regime includes an exercise similar to
the plough; now, unfortunately, I struggle just getting my legs
up in the air, much less placing them on the floor behind me!
Itís enough that I have taken on a new discipline of regular
strength and flexibility exercise. I approach my 45th birthday
with some trepidation, knowing that the one thing I could
never expect as a gift is to be young and supple again.
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