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    I'd try ... if you can

    Hi,

    http://www.ldoceonline.com/dictionary/would

    would: (advice spoken) used when giving or asking for advice:

    - I'd try to get there early if you can.

    I'd like to ask why 'can' is used in the above sentence. I mean, should we not use 'could' instead?

    Thanks.

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    Re: I'd try ... if you can

    With I'd, the underlying condition is if I were you. The if you can is almost an afterthought, added to the words try to get there.

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