"Anything could happen" vs "anything can happen

subhajit123

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What's the difference betwee the following two sentences?

1- "Do not try to do this stunt. Anything could happen. You may/might/could get injured or die."

2- "Do not try to do this stunt. Anything can happen. You can get injured or die."
 

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You have eight possible sentences there, Subhajit. :)

The second and third sentences in number 2 are not natural.

In sentence 3 of group 1, either might or could are natural for me. Many speakers have lost the distinction between may and might; for them, may would probably also be natural. There's no significant difference in meaning regardless of the choice of modal verbs.
 
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