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    Can? OR could?

    The storm is expected to weaken after leaving the Vanuatu island chain and could affect New Zealand's North Island by late Sunday or Monday.

    Can I use "can" instead of "could" as above sentence?

    I think both are work for me.
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    #2

    Re: Can? OR could?

    It could. It's a possibility. It's not about ability.

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    #3

    Re: Can? OR could?

    There are three words which would fit there:

    1) Could (possibility)
    2) Might (possibility)
    3) Will (certainty)

    As SD said, it's not about ability so "can" is not appropriate.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #4

    Re: Can? OR could?

    May I use 'may', which also refers to possibility?

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    #5

    Re: Can? OR could?

    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew Wai View Post
    May I use 'may', which also refers to possibility?

    Not a teacher.
    I wouldn't.

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    #6

    Re: Can? OR could?

    I would use "may" there. But I prefer "could".

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    #7

    Re: Can? OR could?

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    I would use "may" there.
    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    I wouldn't.
    Yet another difference between AmE and BrE?

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    #8

    Re: Can? OR could?

    Possibly.

    For me, there is little difference between "It may rain tomorrow" and "It might rain tomorrow". Some say that "may" indicates a stronger possibiilty.

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    #9

    Re: Can? OR could?

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    Possibly.

    For me, there is little difference between "It may rain tomorrow" and "It might rain tomorrow". Some say that "may" indicates a stronger possibiilty.

    Hello, may I join in?

    Not a teacher.

    Where I'm from, North Yorkshire, if someone said "it may rain" then I would think that they went to the good school. If they said "it might rain" then I would assume that they went to the same school as me.

    If said person said "may I" as opposed to "can I" then the same rule would apply.

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