Today's words are:
Could is considered the past tense of can. Not too many synonyms are available. From what I've been able to garner, there really isn't anything better to use. Just be aware and be judicious. Too many “could haves” can get old. Just like too many “as ifs.”
as it may be
can be, conceivable, conceivably, credible
imaginably, it could be
managed to, might be
was able to, weather permitting
Should is another word that doesn't have many synonyms. It “should” also be used judiciously.
be expedient, be forced, be in for, be necessary, be obliged
cannot do otherwise, cannot be helped
had best, had better, have got to, have to
need (to), needs must
Stop on by, I'm sure Lynn has plenty of room for all of us.
Are you a coulda/shoulda kind of person? Or are you one of those "let's git her done" people?