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    Confused- pl help

    I shall be thankful if you say whether the sentences given below are correct with details for clearing my doubts
    1. Do you think you could send me nore details.
    I've a doubt whether CAN can be used instead of could
    2.How do you think we should deal with this
    Here can we use COULD instead of should
    3 That can be possible.
    Is it correct to write that COULD be possibel
    4.Let me know what time should you suit you best
    If i use WOULD instead should, will it be okay.

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    Re: Confused- pl help

    Quote Originally Posted by altaf View Post
    I shall be thankful if you say whether the sentences given below are correct with details for clearing my doubts
    1. Do you think you could send me nore details.
    I've a doubt whether CAN can be used instead of could
    2.How do you think we should deal with this
    Here can we use COULD instead of should
    3 That can be possible.
    Is it correct to write that COULD be possibel
    4.Let me know what time should you suit you best
    If i use WOULD instead should, will it be okay.
    1. "Do you think you could send me more details." This is correct. You could also use "can", however, with the following remark: "Could" is more polite and less direct than "can" here. "Can" sounds more like an imperative command here.

    2. "How do you think we should deal with this?" This is also correct. You may also use "could" but the meaning is slightly different, although in many situations they would be completely equivalent. When you use "should" here, you are more direct, you have the obligation to handle the problem.

    3. "That can be possible." This is also correct in my opinion. Although you will see many posters disagree with me in this point. Usually "can" should be reserved only for ability and "may" or "could" for possibility, however, I have seen many uses of "can" with the meaning of possibility too. It is also correct, and maybe better, to say "That could be possible."

    4. "Let me know what time should suit you best." This is correct. You could also use "would."

    Remember that usually "can" is reserved for "ability." See for instance: https://www.usingenglish.com/forum/a...can-could.html
    or
    https://www.usingenglish.com/forum/a...3-can-may.html


    I also recommend reading the related thread: https://www.usingenglish.com/forum/g...dal-verbs.html
    This last one is particularly interesting because it is about a book whose main goal is not language itself.

    Not a native speaker


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    Re: Confused- pl help

    dear ymniskyThanks for explation and it's very clear.I shall follow the threads that you have given

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