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    Question Usage of could in the future tense.

    Hi All,

    Please tell me if the below sentence is correct.
    I just got a doubt on using could, but I know that could can be used for the past and future tenses.

    The sentence is :

    I am adding your name in the list so that you could access the page from here.

    Since I am talking about a future thing that if I add her name in the list today she would be able to access the page in the future(may be after a week).

    So, is it correct to use could? Or it should be can?

    Please help!
    Ihop


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    Re: Usage of could in the future tense.

    I am adding your name to the list so that you can/will be able to access the page from here (whenever you want to.)

    I would use 'can' or 'will be able to' not 'could'. 'could' is either the past tense form of 'can' or a subjunctive form of the verb. Your sentence is a simple statement of fact, and as such doesn't need a subjunctive, nor is it past tense.

    cf: I added your name to the list, so that you could access the page from here.

    Future tense is indicated using 'will' or 'shall' or 'going to' not could.

    I will go to London tomorrow. FT
    I could go to London tomorrow, if .... (depends on other factors, is subjunctive.)

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    Question Re: Usage of could in the future tense.


    Thanks for your help!

    Can is basically a capability of doing things, and I know she is capable. She canít access the page because I havenít added her name to the list.
    Still would you suggest me to use can?

    I remember, some days ago, I asked someone Ö Can you please sign this document? She replied, yes, I can, but I donít have permission to do so.

    I know if I had said to her using could she would have said simply No.


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