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    Would may could will

    Imagine that you have just come home and you're greeted by your brother scowling at you. What would you say in this situation?

    Would you mind telling me what (wrong) I have done?
    Would you tell me what (wrong) I have done?
    May you tell me what (wrong) I have done?
    Could you tell me what (wrong) I have done?
    Will you tell me what (wrong) I have done?


    Thanks a lot!

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    Re: Would may could will

    Quote Originally Posted by Nathan Mckane View Post
    Imagine that you have just come home and you're greeted by your brother scowling at you. What would you say in this situation?

    Would you mind telling me what (wrong) I have done? No, as it is. OK without 'wrong', and OK with 'wrong' at the end. Same comments about the absence and/or position of 'wrong' in all the following:
    Would you tell me what (wrong) I have done? Possible, but unlikely.
    May you tell me what (wrong) I have done? Definite NO
    Could you tell me what (wrong) I have done? Possible.
    Will you tell me what (wrong) I have done? Possible.

    The first is the most likely.


    Thanks a lot!
    fivejedjon

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