Can you please give me an example where could might be used as meaning might be able to?

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    I could get there by four o'clock as long as the roads aren't too busy. Commented Mar 20, 2020 at 15:51
  • @KateBunting,'could' in your example really means 'might be able to' or just 'might'. Can we substitute 'might' there?
    – Mr. X
    Commented Mar 20, 2020 at 16:01
  • Kate gave you an answer to your question...
    – Greybeard
    Commented Mar 20, 2020 at 16:07
  • @KateBunting,would you stress the 'could' a bit if you were to use that sentence in speech?
    – Mr. X
    Commented Mar 20, 2020 at 17:03
  • Yes, I probably would. Commented Mar 20, 2020 at 17:32

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It's normally used that way when we want to state some conditions when the thing would be possible.

I could afford a new Playstation, if I get some overtime this month.

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