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    can/could

    Hi there,

    Is there any difference between 'can' and 'could' in the following question?

    How (can/ could) I write this sentence in a more appropriately way?

    Thanks
    pete


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    Re: can/could

    Quote Originally Posted by Unregistered View Post
    Hi there,

    Is there any difference between 'can' and 'could' in the following question?

    How (can/ could) I write this sentence in a more appropriate[ly] way?

    Thanks
    pete
    Just a difference in the level of politeness, Pete. 'could' is more deferential, not so forward, less assuming. Notice no 'ly' on 'appropriate.

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