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    How to explain "would"?

    Hi there!

    I know that the correct answer is "May we come", because may expresses permission, authorization. I'm not sure about "Would I come" here. I believe it's wrong, but I lack a good explanation to justify it. I appreciate any help on this .

    What is the correct way to complete the following request for permission? _______ to visit you next week?
    ( ) Can you came
    ( ) Would I come
    ( ) May we come
    ( ) I would like
    ( ) You could come

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    Tito

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    Re: How to explain "would"?

    Quote Originally Posted by TitoBr View Post
    Hi there!

    I know that the correct answer is "May we come", because "may" expresses can be used to ask for permission or authorization. I'm not sure about "Would I come" here. I believe it's wrong, but I lack can't think of a good explanation for that. to justify it. I would appreciate any help on this.
    "Would I" is not ordinarily used when asking for permission.
    It's possible in such sentences as, e.g., "Would I be bothering you if I came to see you next week?" but not in a simple request as in your question above.

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