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    Can & Could

    How can we use "can" & "could", what are the other usages of "can" & "could".

    Thanking you,


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    Re: Can & Could

    'Can' is used for ability: I can tapdance.
    'Can' is used for friendly offers and requests: Can I help you? Can you close the door, please?

    'Could' is used as a past form of can: I could tapdance when I was young.
    'Could' is used for more formal offers and requests: Could I help you? Could you close the door, please?

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    Re: Can & Could

    Dear Mister Micawber

    Thanx alot for your guidance regarding my query. It made me satisfied.

    Thank you very much,




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