When I Use Can Or Could?

When to use CAN vs could?

Can, like could and would, is used to ask a polite question, but can is only used to ask permission to do or say something (“Can I borrow your car?” “Can I get you something to drink?”).

Could is the past tense of can, but it also has uses apart from that–and that is where the confusion lies..

Can could tenses?

Can is called a modal verb. It doesn’t have all of the tenses that verbs usually have. It has the simple past tense could, but no past participle. When a past participle is needed, the expression be able to is used instead.

Can you or will you?

May implies that you are asking for permission. Can implies that you are questioning somebody’s ability. Will implies that you are seeking an answer about the future.

When would is used in grammar?

We use would as the past of will, to describe past beliefs about the future: I thought we would be late, so we would have to take the train.

Where is could used?

Could: “Could” is used to express possibility. Something that could happen is not necessarily something that must happen. Could does not express desire or opinion. It is simply used to state one or more things that are possible (even if they are unlikely) or were possible in the past (even if they didn’t happen).

Would is past or future?

Technically, would is the past tense of will, but it is an auxiliary verb that has many uses, some of which even express the present tense.

Would and will Questions?

Would is a modal verb and can be used as a past form of will; to express the idea of ‘future in the past’ e.g. The bank would send their results every month; and in conditional sentences. A: When will you schedule a meeting with XYZ? The speaker believes a meeting is inevitable, it is only a question of ‘when’.

When we use would and could?

Could, would, and should are all used to talk about possible events or situations, but each one tells us something different. Could is used to say that an action or event is possible. Would is used to talk about a possible or imagined situation, and is often used when that possible situation is not going to happen.

How can I use could in a sentence?

“Could” is a modal verb used to express possibility or past ability as well as to make suggestions and requests. “Could” is also commonly used in conditional sentences as the conditional form of “can.” Examples: Extreme rain could cause the river to flood the city.

Will and would sentences examples?

For example: I wasn’t hungry, so I said that I would just have an orange juice. It’s the same sentence that we saw with ‘will’, but changed to the past tense. And the last sentence becomes: She said she would send me all the details by email.

Can could be used for future?

The use of ‘could’, ‘would’, or ‘will be’ all imply future tense. The past tense version would be: … “Can” may be used either as future or present tense, but using “is” or “am” almost always implies present tense.