Girl wants to get in a almost full elevator. Someone blurts out:
No worries, we could/can fit one more!
Are both okay?
I am not a teacher.
I would say "can". I would also say "an almost-full elevator".
Well, actually I'd say "lift" but you get my point.
"Can" is natural here. "Could" is possible, but unlikely.
I personally feel that "can" is somehow more inviting, more "sure-no-worries-get-in"-ish, while "could" suggests to me that the speaker is sort of resigned, as if they felt the girl will get in irrespective of their opinion. I would still favor "can", though.
Please be aware that I'm neither a native English speaker nor a teacher.
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.
The speaker might use could to suggest it's possible if the others agree- it doesn't go so well with no worries, though.
I find it very strange that he should blurt it out rather than just say it naturally.
Last edited by bhaisahab; 26-Jun-2014 at 09:41.
Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.