Page 2 of 2 FirstFirst 1 2
Results 11 to 15 of 15
  1. #11
    Tdol is offline Editor, UsingEnglish.com
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • English Teacher
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • UK
      • Current Location:
      • Philippines
    Join Date
    Nov 2002
    Posts
    42,760
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: TDOL: UE Quiz-Wish

    Not that odd- their noise is their volition, not capabilities and that is what the speker is moaning about.

  2. #12
    Join Date
    Apr 2004
    Posts
    1,814
    Post Thanks / Like

    Question Re: Ron

    Quote Originally Posted by RonBee
    "Could you keep the noise down?" is a polite way of making a request. Still, you would like them to keep the noise down. What they would do (if you had your way) would be quieter.


    Yes, I would like them to keep the noise down.
    Yes, I could like them to keep the noise down. (NO)

    I think I've got rocks in my head at the moment and I can't figure out Tdol's example.


    I would/could keep the noise down if he wishes. (Both are OK.)

    But if you reverse the sentence,

    He wishes, then I will use "could" in the next noun clause as in "I could keep the noise down." Changing "could" to "would" is far fetched for me. I think I need some examples so that I can feel it.



    Thanks,
    Blacknomi

  3. #13
    Join Date
    Apr 2004
    Posts
    1,814
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: TDOL: UE Quiz-Wish

    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    Not that odd- their noise is their volition, not capabilities and that is what the speker is moaning about.
    Why? I don't get it.
    Tdol, why don't you think it's the capabilities?! They can lower down their voice, so they could if they wanted to do so.

    Are you saying that "could" is not possible in your example sentence?


    I wish they could keep the noise down next door.

  4. #14
    Tdol is offline Editor, UsingEnglish.com
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • English Teacher
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • UK
      • Current Location:
      • Philippines
    Join Date
    Nov 2002
    Posts
    42,760
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: TDOL: UE Quiz-Wish

    'Could' wouldn't express a choice there for me- that's what 'would' does.

    I wish he could come = it's impossible
    I wish he would come = he could if he wanted to, but won't


  5. #15
    SUDHKAMP's Avatar
    SUDHKAMP is offline VIP Member
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Interested in Language
      • Native Language:
      • Kannada
      • Home Country:
      • India
      • Current Location:
      • India
    Join Date
    Apr 2008
    Posts
    18,966
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: TDOL: UE Quiz-Wish

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    'Could' wouldn't express a choice there for me- that's what 'would' does.

    I wish he could come = it's impossible
    I wish he would come = he could if he wanted to, but won't

    I would partipate in the discussion only if I could!

Page 2 of 2 FirstFirst 1 2

Similar Threads

  1. Missing Word: Gap fill Quiz
    By Red5 in forum General Language Discussions
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 15-May-2008, 20:24
  2. Grammar Terms Quiz
    By Red5 in forum General Language Discussions
    Replies: 10
    Last Post: 08-Dec-2004, 13:17
  3. to Tdol
    By Anonymous in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 30-Apr-2004, 18:36
  4. TO TDOL AND MIKENEWYORK.
    By Anonymous in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 29-Apr-2004, 00:37
  5. quiz question
    By janet bucknall in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 5
    Last Post: 07-Jan-2003, 00:14

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •