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    • Join Date: Oct 2008
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    #1

    Exclamation A question about the modals: can/could/would

    Hi,

    We all know that we use can and could to: make requests, give or refuse permission, make an offer ...

    I have these questions from a job interview and I have to decide whether each question is 1/making a request, 2/ making an offer, 3/ asking about ability. I was able to answer all of them except for the last one. Can you help me please?

    could i confirm your contact details? request
    can you use this software package? ability
    can you speak any other language? ability
    could you tell us more about your present job? request
    could you tell me your current salary? request
    would you let us know as soon as possible? request
    when can you start? (???) is it a Request or Ability? and why? Help me on this one please :):)

    Thanks in advance
    Salma


    • Join Date: Nov 2007
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    Re: A question about the modals: can/could/would

    'can' has a couple of more meanings than the three you give. One of these is 'have the opportunity or possibility to' :
    "When can you start?" = when is it possible for you to start? /when is the first opportunity you would have to start work?
    Last edited by David L.; 02-Nov-2008 at 16:14.


    • Join Date: Oct 2008
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    Question Re: A question about the modals: can/could/would

    Thank you David for your reply :)

    but in case you have to choose among the 3 options I gave you, which one will you pick? and why?

    Thank you :)


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    #4

    Re: A question about the modals: can/could/would

    ability...if I must.

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