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    Is there any rule

    Is there any rule that with "could" we use only base form of verb? I understand we can use both base form and 2nd/3rd form of verb also depending upon the sentence?


    Could you please make sure that this letter is sent to Ram?

    Is this correct?
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    #2

    Re: Is there any rule

    Your sentence is correct.

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    #3

    Re: Is there any rule

    Quote Originally Posted by suniljain View Post
    I understand we can use both base form and 2nd/3rd form of verb also depending upon the sentence?
    We can't.

    We could go.
    We could have gone.
    We could gone.
    We could went.

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    Re: Is there any rule

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    We can't.

    We could go.
    We could have gone.
    Does first sentence say about future and 2nd sentence say about about the past.
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    #5

    Re: Is there any rule

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    Your sentence is correct.
    Why did we use "sent" in this sentence? Is it Passive ?

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    #6

    Re: Is there any rule

    'Is sent' is passive. The letter could not send itself, so the passive voice was used.
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    Re: Is there any rule

    I see no need for "Could you" and the question mark. Simply saying "Please make sure this letter is sent to Ram" is sufficient and polite.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Quote Originally Posted by suniljain View Post
    We could go.
    We could have gone.

    Does first sentence say about future and 2nd sentence say about about the past.
    I think the first and the second refer to a future possibility and a past possibility respectively.
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    Re: Is there any rule

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    I see no need for "Could you" and the question mark. Simply saying "Please make sure this letter is sent to Ram" is sufficient and polite.
    Can we write as below-
    Please make sure that you send this letter to Ram.
    Does this sentence convey the same meaning as above?

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    #10

    Re: Is there any rule

    Quote Originally Posted by suniljain View Post
    Can we write as below- "Please make sure that you send this letter to Ram"?
    Does this sentence convey the same meaning as above my original?
    See above.

    No, they don't necessarily mean the same thing. The original simply asks the listener to ensure the letter reaches Ram. It doesn't matter who actually sends it. Your revised version specifically asks the listener to send it himself/herself.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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