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    can o could? ...... in the subjunctive

    Hi!!!

    Could you please tell me which one of these sentences is the proper one.

    "I Hope I can learn some Greek" or "I Hope I could learn some Greek"

    or Maybe both are correct in different contexts?

    I have another one

    "I hoped I could learn some Greek" which seems ok to me because it refers to the past both in the hoped and could verbs.

    But with the two first ones I kind of have doubts.

    Thanks in advance!!!!

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    Re: can o could? ...... in the subjunctive

    .
    These are correct:

    I hope I can (present)
    I hoped I could (past)
    I wish I could (present)
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    Re: can o could? ...... in the subjunctive

    Quote Originally Posted by Mister Micawber View Post
    .
    These are correct:

    I hope I can (present) - an event that is likely to realise.
    I hoped I could (past) - a likely event in the past
    I wish I could (present) - an unlikely wishful thinking.
    My two cents.
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