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    subhajit123 is offline Banned
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    "Anything could happen" vs "anything can happen

    What's the difference betwee the following two sentences?

    1- "Do not try to do this stunt. Anything could happen. You may/might/could get injured or die."

    2- "Do not try to do this stunt. Anything can happen. You can get injured or die."

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    Re: "Anything could happen" vs "anything can happen

    You have eight possible sentences there, Subhajit.

    The second and third sentences in number 2 are not natural.

    In sentence 3 of group 1, either might or could are natural for me. Many speakers have lost the distinction between may and might; for them, may would probably also be natural. There's no significant difference in meaning regardless of the choice of modal verbs.
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