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Is there no one to anwser this question? Kindly solve this problem for me.
"Could" and "would" both are used for a request. But I do not know When "could" and When "would" will be used for a request. For example in the following sentences;
1: Would you give me your car? (What is the logic of using would here?)
2: Could you give me your car? (What is the logic of using could here?)
As I am very fresh to English language, kindly clear my concept. This question has been pending for 02 days.
Last edited by Jadoon 84; 26-Aug-2010 at 10:14. Reason: Not getting anwser
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Maybe you would like to read this interesting related thread:
By the way, the verb "give" in your original sentence sounds a bit abrupt, but of course it really depends on context.
Both are correct, depending on the context
"Could you give me your car?" means "Are you able to give me your car?"
Use "Would you give me your car?" in a hypothetical situation, such as "Would you give me your car if I had an emergency?" (Second conditional.)
I want to amend my earlier reply. Could you give me your car should not be used as could is generally the past tense of can. Can you give me your car is correct and means "are you able to..."
Hello, Mr. Jadoon.
(1) As Ymnisky said, these two expressions are often interchangeable in requests.
One very good book used by many teachers (The Grammar Book by
Mesdames Celce-Murcia and Larsen-Freeman) says that
maybe there is a little difference.
If I understand their explanation correctly, the difference is
something like this:
Can/Could (more polite) you lend me your car this weekend?
= Is it possible?
Yes, I can. (I am not using my car this weekend.)
No, I can't. (I am driving my girlfriend to her parents' home
this weekend. Sorry.)
(NOTE: Do not answer with could/couldn't.)
Will/would (more polite) you lend me your car this weekend?
= Are you willing (happy, ready, etc.) to do it?.
Yes, I will. You are my best friend. I am always willing to help you.
No, I won't. I do not like you. I am not willing (not ready) to help you.
(NOTE: Do not answer with would/wouldn't.)
THANK YOU for your question. It helped me to better understand English.
EDIT: I did not read through the whole thread at first, however, now I have done this, it would seem that TheParser and I agreed with one another.
'Would you give me your car?' That is close to 'do you WANT to give me your car?'. It just sounds like a will.
'Could you give me your car?' That would go as follows 'is there any possibility for you to give me your car'. It would seem to be an ability.
Last edited by philadelphia; 26-Aug-2010 at 23:42.