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  1. B45
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    Can you say: I could invite a good friend of mine so we can/could make it a party of

    Can you say:

    I could invite a good friend of mine so we can/could make it a party of four.

    Should I stick to the same tense?

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    Re: Can you say: I could invite a good friend of mine so we can/could make it a part

    Hm. We're going out for dinner and drinks. (Do we know each other that well? ) You say: "How about if I invite Bob to come too? That way we could make it a party of four." I say: "I don't care. Is it okay with Sally?" You say: "Yeah. She said she wouldn't mind." I say: "Then ask Bob if he wants to come."

    Oh, what was the question? Yeah, probably better to stick with "could" since you started with it.

    (I'm hungry. I'm going to get a burrito.)
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    Re: Can you say: I could invite a good friend of mine so we can/could make it a part

    As with dozens of time before, both tenses work, at least for me. Why do you keep asking the same question?

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    Re: Can you say: I could invite a good friend of mine so we can/could make it a part

    As Mike said, "Why do you keep asking the same question?"

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    Re: Can you say: I could invite a good friend of mine so we can/could make it a part

    I'm sorry, but it just confuses me, because both works and I always think that there's only one correct answer. In my mind it's either can or could.

    So, I shouldn't stick with the same tense either?

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    Re: Can you say: I could invite a good friend of mine so we can/could make it a part

    Just like this question I'm about to ask me, so instead of starting a new thread, I've decided to just post it here, in case forum members complain again. I promise this will be my last can/could question. I apologize -

    There are so many ways you can tie your shoe lace. You could do the double loop. Or you could do the butterfly style.

    So in this example can could be used or should it be can?

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    Re: Can you say: I could invite a good friend of mine so we can/could make it a part

    You can use 'could' as you've done, or you could use 'can'. (I'm assuming you mean in the second two of the three sentences.)
    If you mean the first sentence, you could use 'could'.
    I'd use can/could/could or can/can/can or can/can/could. This is something you're going to have to grow into with experience.

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    Re: Can you say: I could invite a good friend of mine so we can/could make it a part

    Quote Originally Posted by Batman45 View Post
    I'm sorry, but it just confuses me, because both works and I always think that there's only one correct answer. In my mind it's either can or could. - That's where your first language can be of some help: do not hesitate to use could each time there is бы in the Russian version. By the same token, can will be closer to the Russian sentence without бы. In a word, the difference between can and could in your example will be basically the same as between можем and смогли бы.

    So, I shouldn't stick with the same tense either?
    If that could be of any help.

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    Re: Can you say: I could invite a good friend of mine so we can/could make it a part

    That's just mind boggling.. Especially, the third option:

    There are so many ways you can tie your shoe lace. You can do the double loop. Or you could do the butterfly style. - this is like mixing tenses.

    And you mentioned that this one is acceptable as well ---

    There are so many ways you could tie your shoe lace. You can do the double loop. Or you could do the butterfly style. - this is just so complex in my mind...

    Really? All of these are OKAY? Ahhh.

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    Re: Can you say: I could invite a good friend of mine so we can/could make it a part

    Quote Originally Posted by Batman45 View Post
    Really? All of these are OKAY? Ahhh.
    Do I look like I'm kidding?
    It depends on the intonation, the pause between sentences, the question asked if any, and other factors.
    A: "How can I do this?"
    B: "Well, you can do it this way." [pause to think] "Or you could do it this way."

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