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    #1

    YES! You could do it!!

    A : I will master English!!

    B : YES! You could do it!!


    If someone says "You could do it", do you think it implies politeness and it sounds more softer and more polite? I think if I hear that expression, I feel like he is doubtful about my goal. What do you think? Thank you so much as usual.

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    #2

    Re: YES! You could do it!!

    Softer and more polite than what?

    It's not necessarily doubtful. It could be encouraging. It depends on the tone of voice and the emphasis.

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    #3

    Re: YES! You could do it!!

    Quote Originally Posted by sky3120 View Post
    A : I will master English!!

    B : YES! You could do it!!


    If someone says "You could do it", do you think it implies politeness and it sounds more softer and more polite (compared to what?)? I think if I hear that expression, I feel like he is doubtful about my goal. What do you think? Thank you so much as usual.
    If he really believes that you can do it - "Yes, you can do it"!
    "you could do it" implies something akin to it is possible if certain conditions are met. "You could do it if you studied more".

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    #4

    Re: YES! You could do it!!

    I feel it needs "can" unless the other person is giving a condition: You could do it if you applied yourself every day.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    #5

    Re: YES! You could do it!!

    I agree. "You can do it" suggests that you have great faith in the person's ability to do it. "You could do it" sounds as if you are a little more unsure of their chances of success but you are trying to be encouraging anyway.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #6

    Re: YES! You could do it!!

    I agree with SoothingDave, it depends on the tone of voice and where the emphasis is placed.

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