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    What should I say?

    I'd like to say 'Everyone can change' which means, all people can change.

    It is fine to say 'Everyone can change' Or changin can with 'could'?

    If so, which sounds better, Everyone or People?

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    Exclamation Re: What should I say?

    Quote Originally Posted by jomo27 View Post
    I'd like to say 'Everyone can change' which means, all people can change.

    It is fine to say 'Everyone can change' Or changin can with 'could'?

    If so, which sounds better, Everyone or People?
    I would prefer 'can'

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    Re: What should I say?

    Everyone can change (certain)
    Everyone could change (tends to change, uncertain)

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    Re: What should I say?

    So.. Whats the difference using 'can' and 'could'?

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    Re: What should I say?

    Quote Originally Posted by jomo27 View Post
    So.. Whats the difference using 'can' and 'could'?
    Everyone can change. <present tense; fact = has the (cap)ability>
    Everyone could change, if ... . <conditional = possibility under certain conditions>
    Last edited by Soup; 20-Jul-2008 at 11:46. Reason: Typo

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    Exclamation Re: What should I say?

    To express possibility, could usually carries with it the idea of an implied condition. Example:
    (i)You could go by the next flight. (if you wanted to, if that seemed like a good idea to you).
    (ii) You can go by the next flight. (a factual option)

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    Re: What should I say?

    That brings me on Everybody's changing by Keane. Why should we not use it again?

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    Re: What should I say?

    Quote Originally Posted by philadelphia View Post
    That brings me on Everybody's changing by Keane. Why should we not use it again?
    A better question is "Why should we?"
    In any case, if everybody is changing, then there's no point saying that they can or can't, or could or couldn't change. They are changing, so it makes the former argument redundant (they obviously could and can).

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    Re: What should I say?

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    A better question is "Why should we?"
    In any case, if everybody is changing, then there's no point saying that they can or can't, or could or couldn't change. They are changing, so it makes the former argument redundant (they obviously could and can).
    Are there not any connotation with is changing? As being a will to change and hence a possibility or not to change. If so, it might be interesting in comparing the modals with the form be + ing in that very instance.

    What do you think about it?

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    Re: What should I say?

    Quote Originally Posted by philadelphia View Post
    Are there not any connotation with is changing? As being a will to change and hence a possibility or not to change. If so, it might be interesting in comparing the modals with the form be + ing in that very instance.

    What do you think about it?
    You've lost me with the Keane quote 'Everybody's changing.' What does it mean?

    Would Bob Dylan's "the times they are a changin(g)" figure in to this somehow?

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