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  1. #1

    Arrow can v.s. could? deep usage?

    hi, teachers.


    How can i do this?
    or
    How could i do this?

    which is the most appropriate between the two?
    When do i use can and when do i use could?

    thanks in advance.

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    Re: can v.s. could? deep usage?

    How can I do this? Asking directly for some help when you want to do something.
    How could I do this? Asking for suggestions though you might not be going to do it, or are just thinking about it

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    Re: can v.s. could? deep usage?

    thank you again tdol i guess you are one of the finest teacher in this world. :)

    thanks.

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    Re: can v.s. could? deep usage?

    Probably not, but thanks anyway.

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    Re: can v.s. could? deep usage?

    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    How can I do this? Asking directly for some help when you want to do something.
    How could I do this? Asking for suggestions though you might not be going to do it, or are just thinking about it
    tdol, could "How could I do this?" indicate a scenario where
    I inadvertently did something and am uttering it? If yes, does
    it fall under the "or are just thinking about it" part you wrote above?

    Thanks

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    Re: can v.s. could? deep usage?

    Here's what I would say,

    EX: (uttering to oneself) "How could I do this?"
    => You are considering the kinds of potential options available to you.
    => questioning a non-past decision

    EX: (uttering to oneself) "How can I do this?"
    => You know the options; it's a matter of choosing the right one.
    => questioning a non-past decision

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