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    Lightbulb Would, Could

    Hi. Please, when and how we use would and could ?
    Thanks.

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    Re: Would, Could

    Quote Originally Posted by superman11 View Post
    Hi. Please, when and how we use would and could ?
    Thanks.
    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****

    Good morning, Superman.

    (1) "Would" is the past of "will." ( agree to do something)

    (2) "Could" is the past of "can." (be able to do something)

    (3) Here are some examples of "will" and "would":


    (a) Will you be quiet? More polite: Would you be quiet (if I asked you)?

    (b) Will you answer my question? More polite: Would you answer...?

    (c) If I have time, I will come to your party tonight.

    If I had time (I do not. I work at night, too), I would come to your party.

    (4) Here are some examples of "can" and "could":

    (a) Excuse me. Can I sit here? More polite: Could I sit here?

    (b) If I can find time today, I will visit you.

    If I could find time today (I can't. My boss wants me to work all day

    and all night), I would visit you.

    (5) Some more examples:

    (a) Can you speak English? If you can, I will hire you for the job

    right now!

    (b) I'm so sorry. If you could speak English (you cannot), I would give

    you the job right now. (But I will not give you the job because you cannot

    speak English.)

    (c) If I were rich, I could give you $1,000. But I am not rich, so I cannot

    give you $1,000. Sorry!

    (d) If I were rich, I would give you $1,000. But I am not rich, so I will not

    give you $1,000. Sorry!


    Have a nice day, Superman!

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