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    could in polite requests

    Hello,

    I know could is used in polite requests: Could you hand this to me?

    But can it be used in statements as well? Can someone give an example so I can understand the context?

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    Re: could in polite requests

    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. X View Post
    Hello,

    I know could is used in polite requests: Could you hand this to me?

    But can it be used in statements as well? Can someone give an example so I can understand the context?

    Mr. X
    "I could have been a contender." "The film was quite good, but it could have been better." "Your son's exam results are not very good, he could do better."

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    Re: could in polite requests

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    "I could have been a contender." "The film was quite good, but it could have been better." "Your son's exam results are not very good, he could do better."
    Thanks. I meant in present tense, can we always replace 'can' with 'could'? For instance: it is the best deal you can ever get. Can we simply replace can with could here? ... deal you could ever get. Can we do this for all present tense sentences?

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