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    "could" in the present and past tenses

    Dear teacher,
    I'd like to know the difference between the following sentences:

    I could do what I like.

    and

    I could do what I liked

    best regards
    Mazen

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    The first is present or future time and the second is past.

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    Re: "could" in the present and past tenses

    Quote Originally Posted by Mazen
    Dear teacher,
    I'd like to know the difference between the following sentences:

    I could do what I like.

    and

    I could do what I liked

    best regards
    Mazen
    In addition, the first "could" is less certain than " can ".
    e.g. I can do what I like.( certain)
    I could do what I like.( less certain)

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    Thank you very much
    :)

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