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When use can and could?

When use can and could?

When use can and could?

Can, like could and would, is used to ask a polite question, but can is only used to ask permission to do or say something (« Can I borrow your car? » « Can I get you something to drink? »). Could is the past tense of can, but it also has uses apart from that–and that is where the confusion lies.

Could is polite or can?

could is more formal and polite than can: Could I ask a question please? Could we go home now?

Can could modals?

can and could are modal auxiliary verbs. be able to is NOT an auxiliary verb (it uses the verb be as a main verb). We include be able to here for convenience. In this lesson we look at can, could and be able to, followed by a quiz to check your understanding.

Could the past of can?

Could is used as the past tense of can when it means that someone had the ability to do something, or that something was possible: The Roman army could march 30 miles in a day.

Is could present tense?

Could is used as the pasttense of « can ». Could is used to is used to request something in the present tense. Usually when could is used in the present tense, it is used to ask a question.

Would you Vs could you?

‘Could You’ is considered to be an informal way of asking something, contrary, ‘Would You’ is a formal way of requesting someone to do something.

Could you or can you in email?

Answer: Both are technically correct, but the « Could you » form is polite (and preferable), while the « Can you » is almost an implied command that leaves no choice to the doer.

Could you or can you?

Originally Answered: « Can you please » or « Could you please » — which is correct? « Could » is the polite form of « can »—so both are correct, but we use them in different situations. We use « can » when we are telling someone to do something. We use « could » when we are making a request.

Could vs CAN future?

When you’re talking about the future, use of can and could tells the reader or listener how likely something is to happen. In many cases, can expresses that something is certain, while could indicates it may or may not happen. For instance, imagine you are saving money to buy a new car.

Could you please can you?

1 Answer. If taken literally, « Can you » is equivalent to asking the person if they’re capable of doing something. « Could you », on the other hand, implies that the action can be completed under some circumstances by the person. E. B.

When to use would and could?

  • Would vs Could. “Would” and “could” are two English language words which are the past tense of the words “will” and “can.” “Would” and “could” are used for representing the past tense as well as in the present tense to express a request. They are used for other expressions also which will be discussed here.

When to use can and could?

  • ABILITY. CAN is used to express that someone is able to do something. I can speak four languages. She can drive a car.
  • POSSIBILITY. CAN is used to express that something is possible. Alcohol can cause cancer. They can stay with us when they come.
  • PERMISSION. CAN is used to ask or give permission for something. COULD is also used to ask or give permission for something.
  • REQUEST. CAN is used in a question,which is not a real question,to ask somebody to do something. …
  • OFFER. CAN is used in offers to help someone or to do something for someone. Can I help you? If they like,I can carry some bags for you.

When do you use could or can?

  • To summarize, ‘can’ is the present tense version of the word and ‘could’ is the past tense version of the word. ‘Could’ is also used when a condition must be fulfilled in order for the thing to happen. ‘Can’ is used when there is nothing that would stop the thing from happening.

What is the difference between would and could?

  • Since could and would are two words that are often confused in terms of their usage and as they are often used in English language it is necessary to know the difference between could and would in English grammar . Could is the past tense form of the verb can whereas would is the past tense form of the verb will.

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