# Thread: would,can, may, could, and others..

1. ## would,can, may, could, and others..

after learning all of these (can, may,could...) "i don't know there name,i start confusing between the yse of every one of them, so, can you help m?
*when can i use every one? (some examples)
thank you so much.

2. ## Re: would,can, may, could, and others..

Ok, lets see if I remember any french....
Would is the Simple Past of will
It is used to build the conditionals , eg. I would go Madrid, if my parents let me.
could=past Simple of can =pouvoir= je pouvrais
eg. I could go to the movies, if I had the money.
So with could+would you build the conditionals.
can suggests ability eg. I can drive my dad's car. I can speak German.
or asks for permission Can we play in the garden?
May the most polite way to ask for permission eg. May I (do I have your permission ?) smoke?
Sometimes it suggests that something is probable. eg I may go out tonight. (I don't know for sure, it is possible)
Ought +to+verb =must eg. You ought to stay in bed since you are sick (but you did't)
Should , the same example applies here too ,You should stay in bed since you are sick. (it is my advice)
Hope I have been of some help.

3. ## Re: would,can, may, could, and others..

"You ought to have stayed in bed since you were sick (but you didn't)."

"...past Simple of can =pouvoir= je pourrais..."

4. ## Re: would,can, may, could, and others..

Originally Posted by bhaisahab
"You ought to have stayed in bed since you were sick (but you didn't)."

"...past Simple of can =pouvoir= je pourrais..."
Thank you. I know ... it's been ages since high school.

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