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    She could easily find a better job

    I chose a) as the answer to this question, but the answer is "could". I think "could" is a lower possbility than "can", so it may work here, but I also think "will" works" as "will" not only has the meaning of "the future action" but also the meaning of "presumption" or guess, so why can't it be an answer?

    ex)A: Do you have any idea why Alice is still working at the factory?
    B:I don't know. She could easily find a better job.
    a)will b)may c)would d)could

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    Re: She could easily find a better job

    Because you are not predicting, you are not sure. If you use could you are refering to her being able to get a better job. If you say "...she will get a better job" you are stating it as a fact, as something you know because she has personally told you or somone close to her has told you.

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    Re: She could easily find a better job

    Quote Originally Posted by Leandro-Z View Post
    Because you are not predicting, you are not sure. If you use could you are refering to her being able to get a better job. If you say "...she will get a better job" you are stating it as a fact, as something you know because she has personally told you or somone close to her has told you.
    But "will" also has the nuance of presumption like in the following.
    ex)When it rains, people will take an umbrella.(guess)
    It's not for the future only, but for any situation, wherever, whenever.

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