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    Tense

    Sir
    Kindly clear me the tense of the following sentence. Is it present, past or future?
    "I could have the deposit released within a few days"
    Here "could" has been used, which is past tense of "can" which also confused me. Kindly clear me this point also. I am new to English and do not understand its nature correctly.

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    Exclamation Re: Tense

    Quote Originally Posted by Abdul basit jadoon View Post
    Sir
    Kindly clear me the tense of the following sentence. Is it present, past or future?
    "I could have the deposit released within a few days"
    Here "could" has been used, which is past tense of "can" which also confused me. Kindly clear me this point also. I am new to English and do not understand its nature correctly.

    Regards.
    Could’ is a basically a modal verb like can, will, shall etc. All modals can be used in past, present and future situations. So effectively, modals have no tense in modern English. Of course, in a number of ways, "would" functions as the past of "will". See the examples below where the modal can and could are used as auxiliary verbs to change the grammatical mood of the respective sentences. Examples of mood;

    Could you come now? (present tense expressing a polite request)
    No, I can come tomorrow. (future tense, expressing ability).

    Your example sentence is in the present perfect tense because of the structure “I have released” Here ‘could’ is used as an auxiliary modal verb to change mood of the sentence to express possibility.
    I could have the deposit released within a few days, but there was some delay due to reasons beyond my control.
    Or
    If I had the necessary funds in my account, I could have the deposit released within a few days.

    To be sure about the tense; please see; YouTube - ‪Perfect Modal Verbs
    Last edited by sarat_106; 25-Aug-2010 at 10:35.

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    Re: Tense

    Quote Originally Posted by Abdul basit jadoon View Post
    Sir
    Kindly clear me the tense of the following sentence. Is it present, past or future?
    "I could have the deposit released within a few days"
    Here "could" has been used, which is past tense of "can" which also confused me. No, "could" is not the past tense of "can" here. "could" expresses ability or willingness.
    Your sentence is in the present tense.
    There is no perfect tense in the sentence.


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