Re: Form/tense question
I wouldn't say that that was the 'normal view'. Many do indeed feel that could is the past-tense form of can. Others consider it to be a remote/distancing form, distancing in time (I could play the recorder before I was five), reality/possibility (I could see you tomorrow at ten) or directness (Could you open the window, please?). Others find it more useful to consider can and could as separate (though connected) modals.
Originally Posted by Tdol
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Last edited by 5jj; 21-Jan-2013 at 15:59.
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