tell me please!
dear sir ,
i want you tell the difference between these statements:
1. could you stay with me?
can you speak english?
i saw sometimes "could" is used as a present form ,so why does it become so?
2. what is the difference between:
abandon and desert?
throw away and discard?
Re: tell me please!
There are two coulds and two cans.
"could" expresses a polite request:
1a. Could you stay with me?
"could" has an informal form, "can":
1b. Could you stay? (formal)
1c. Can you stay? (informal)
"could" means, ability. It has a present form and a past form:
2a. Can you speak English? (Present tense)
2b. Could you speak English when you were young? (Past tense)
To express a polite request: could (formal), can (informal)
To express an ability: could (past tense), can (present tense)
Have you tried http://www.dictionary.reference.com? It's a free online dictionary.