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Thread: Conditionals


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    Conditionals

    Could you please tell me the difference from grammar point of view between these 2 sentences? Also could you please explain to me the difference in meanings of these sentences?

    1) If you could send the bag to me by courier service I would be most grateful.

    2) If you sent the bag to me by courier service I would be most grateful.

    P.S. If there are some grammar mistakes in my questions - could you please also correct them? :)


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    Re: Conditionals

    Quote Originally Posted by Tvita View Post
    Could you please tell me the difference from grammar point of view between these 2 sentences? Also could you please explain to me the difference in meanings of these sentences?

    1) If you could send the bag to me by courier service I would be most grateful.

    2) If you sent the bag to me by courier service I would be most grateful.

    P.S. If there are some grammar mistakes in my questions - could you please also correct them? :)
    Even native English speakers are a little ambiguous about this in everyday speech. Could send, would send, will send, or just send would fit nicely here. But "sent" is a little off the mark, implying that it has already been done.
    Also a little ambiguous is the "would be" - you could also say "will be."

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    Re: Conditionals

    I think the "could" in this sentence has this meaning:

    1) If you could (be so kind to, or are able to) send the bag to me by courier service I would be most grateful.

    2) If you sent the bag to me by courier service I would be most grateful.

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