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  1. B45
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    If you could tape the boxes up for me that would be very nice of you.

    If you can tape the boxes up for me that would be very nice of you.

    VS

    If you could tape the boxes up for me that would be very nice of you.

    Are both okay?
    Last edited by B45; 17-Jun-2014 at 14:12.

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    Re: If you could tape the boxes up for me that would be very nice of you.

    They're both acceptable although a little odd. What is nice is not the person's ability to do you a favour. It would be nice if the outcome was that they taped the boxes up for you. You will hear that construction though, both in the order you gave and reversed: It would be really nice if you could tape those up for me.

    I would put a comma after "me".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: If you could tape the boxes up for me that would be very nice of you.

    Shouldn't the first one be:

    If you could tape the boxes up for me that would be very nice of you.

    So that they're the same tense?

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    Re: If you could tape the boxes up for me that would be very nice of you.

    Technically, I agree. "Can/will" and "could/would". In an exam situation, that would be required. However, you will hear mixtures of tenses all the time in natural English.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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