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  1. B45
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    I've asked James to pick you up tonight and he said he can/could but it's going to be

    I've asked James to pick you up tonight and he said that he can/could but it's going to be after midnight.

    Are both okay here?
    Last edited by B45; 20-Jul-2014 at 04:24.

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    Re: I've asked James to pick you up tonight and he said he can/could but it's going t

    Yes, both are OK.

  3. B45
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    Re: I've asked James to pick you up tonight and he said he can/could but it's going t

    I don't understand why both are ok. Do they have the same meaning? Shouldn't I stick with the same tense?

    Please clarify. Thank you!

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    Re: I've asked James to pick you up tonight and he said he can/could but it's going t

    (Not a teacher.)

    Why either is okay:

    could: okay because James made that statement in the past

    can: okay because (presumably) James is still able to pick you up

    Do they have the same meaning? So long as James is still able to pick you up, they mean basically the same thing. If the situation has changed, use could. ("James said he could pick you up, but now his car has a flat tire.")
    Last edited by Drear Pooson; 20-Jul-2014 at 06:30. Reason: removed duplicated word

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