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  1. dodgerfan2002

    can/could (favors)

    Which one is correct
    1. Could you help me with this?
    2. Can you help me with this?

    I'm confused. Sometimes i hear #1 from people. Isn't could past tense of can? So why use the past tense when asking for help?

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    Re: can/could (favors)

    It is indeed true that could is the past tense of can. But it is also used in making polite requests. (Example: "Could you help me with this?") The word can is used in situations that are less formal (or more informal).

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