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    Default Can or could?

    I have this context, I now can't speak English well, I say to my friend that "The time when I can (or could?) speak English well is so far". If possible, could you please correct that sentence for me?
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    Quote Originally Posted by crazYgeeK View Post
    I have this context, I now can't speak English well, I say to my friend that "The time when I can (or could?) speak English well is so far". If possible, could you please correct that sentence for me?
    Thank you very much!
    "The time when I will be able to speak English well is very far away."
    It would be more natural to say, "It will be a long time before I can speak English well".

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    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    "The time when I will be able to speak English well is very far away."
    Thank you very much! Could you please tell me if my mistake is serious? Is there any native speaker making such a mistake in daily conversation?
    Thank you very much!

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    Quote Originally Posted by crazYgeeK View Post
    Thank you very much! Could you please tell me if my mistake is serious? Is there any native speaker making such a mistake in daily conversation?
    Thank you very much!
    It's not a mistake that any native speaker would make.

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