Author Topic: Can Vs Could  (Read 43 times)

Offline Malcolm

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Can Vs Could
« on: August 12, 2018, 05:38:27 am »
Dear teachers,

In the following sentence, which is the correct modal verb? It will be helpful if you could explain to me your choice.

1. If you are still free tomorrow, I can/could meet you.



Thank you very much.

Offline Darryl

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Re: Can Vs Could
« Reply #1 on: August 12, 2018, 10:17:15 am »
I would say 'could'. The word 'if' indicates it is conditional. (If you are free). 'Could' sits well with that.

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Re: Can Vs Could
« Reply #2 on: August 12, 2018, 03:07:33 pm »
Whilst I agree with Darryl, I reckon it could be either.
Could: There is a possibility of my meeting you and I wold be up for it.
Can: Absolutely - I'll be there.
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Offline Malcolm

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Re: Can Vs Could
« Reply #3 on: August 14, 2018, 03:42:34 pm »
Thank you very much, Darryl and Duncan. I shall remember the distinction between "can" and "could".

I appreciate your help.