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    Default Would / Could

    Are these correct? What do these mean?
    1. He could go there. (Is this correct? 'Could' is more polite than 'can', but if I use 'could' is it a conditional sentence?) Eg.:
    2. He can go there. (This is correct, if I use 'could' is it incorrect? Do I have to make it into a conditional sentence?)

    2. He would go there.
    3. He should go there.

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    Default Re: Would / Could

    There is not enough context to interpret all the possible meanings of these sentences, Jack. However, as they stand:

    1. He could go there. = it is possible or it was permissable for him to go there.
    2. He can go there. = it is possible or permissible for him to go there.
    2. He would go there. = it was his habit or it is his willfulness to go there.
    3. He should go there. = it is a good idea for him to go there.

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    Thanks.

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    Default Re: Would / Could

    So this is correct?
    1. He would go there. (How come this doesn't have to be conditional?)
    2. He will go there.
    What do #1 and #2 mean?

    What do these mean?
    3. I would hate to miss the show.
    4. I will hate to miss the show.

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