View Poll Results: In the future...

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  • I can do it

    1 7.14%
  • I will be able to do it

    13 92.86%
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    In the future...

    Do we use the word can for future clauses...
    I'm not a teacher, so please consider any advice I give in that context.

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    We use can for future time, but not always;
    I can do it tomorrow
    is fine.

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    Anonymous Guest
    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    We use can for future time, but not always;
    I can do it tomorrow
    is fine.

    Excellent point! 8)

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    Anonymous Guest
    Quote Originally Posted by CitySpeak
    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    We use can for future time, but not always;
    I can do it tomorrow
    is fine.

    Excellent point! 8)
    We can also use "could" in future sentences.

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    Anonymous Guest
    Quote Originally Posted by cutecanute
    Quote Originally Posted by CitySpeak
    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    We use can for future time, but not always;
    I can do it tomorrow
    is fine.

    Excellent point! 8)
    We can also use "could" in future sentences.

    We certainly could. We could do that tomorrow.

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    Re: In the future...

    But they're not exactly the same I think. 'I can do it tomorrow' and 'I'll be able to do it tomorrow' are more or less the same, at least both talk about 'ability'. Don't you think that 'I could do it tomorrow' is more like 'I might do it tomorrow', or 'I might be able to do it tomorrow'. It sounds less definite to me.

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    Re: In the future...

    Quote Originally Posted by Lib
    But they're not exactly the same I think. 'I can do it tomorrow' and 'I'll be able to do it tomorrow' are more or less the same, at least both talk about 'ability'. Don't you think that 'I could do it tomorrow' is more like 'I might do it tomorrow', or 'I might be able to do it tomorrow'. It sounds less definite to me.

    The point is that we can use "could" to talk about future time. Of course it would not mean the exact same thing as "can", but "could" can be used to speak of future time.

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