Quick Answer: What’S The Difference Between Can And Could?

Can and could sentences examples?

We use could to show that something is possible, but not certain:They could come by car.

(= Maybe they will come by car.) …

It can be very cold here in winter.

That can’t be true.

It’s ten o’clock.

It could be very cold there in winter.

They know the way here.

She can speak several languages.

I can see you.More items….

What is the difference between can and can be?

be is the infinitive form. … We always use the infinitive form after modal verbs like “can”. Therefore, we say can be, but not can being, can been, or can was, to mention just a few of the wrong combinations. can be combines the idea of ability or possibility with am, is, are.

Will you be able or would you be able?

Would you be able to (do something)? It’s polite because the phrase “would you” is less direct than “Can you” or “Will you”. You ask “Would you be able to ___” when you’re asking someone to do something that is a bit inconvenient: Would you be able to give me a ride home after work tomorrow?

Can I have or can I get?

It may sound too informal but is correct. In many cases, the verbs ‘have’ and ‘get’ are interchangeable in meaning, but not in this one.

Will and would use?

The main difference between will and would is that would can be used in the past tense but will cannot. Also, would is commonly used to refer to a future event that may occur under specific conditions, while will is used more generally to refer to future events.

Can I use could for future?

We often use could to express possibility in the present and the future.

Could is past or present?

Could is used for past and future instances, or sometimes in the present tense (although in the present tense it is normally describing a possibility or is part of a question). For example, She spoke so fast that I could not hear her, or, he could do it if he chooses to. In the present, we use can.

Are can and could interchangeable?

When you say “I could” you establish that, yes you have the ability, but it’s only a possibility that you will go. Can is generally present tense and is used to show you have the ability to do something. Could is used to be the past tense form of can, used to establish doubt, or used to be more formal.

Can have examples?

They can have arrived (by) now. They could have arrived (by) now. They may have arrived (by) now. They might have arrived (by) now.

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).

Can able is correct?

Coming to the question, the word ‘can’ in itself speaks of our ability to do something. Adding ‘able to’ to the sentence is redundant and grammatically wrong purely because, it adds no meaning to the existing sentence. For example, if you say, “I can open the door” it means that you have the ability to open the door.

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.

What does can mean?

to be able to; have the ability, power, or skill to: She can solve the problem easily, I’m sure. to know how to: He can play chess, although he’s not particularly good at it. to have the power or means to: A dictator can impose his will on the people.

Could or can you please?

Both are correct. The first is more direct, and the second is more polite. Could you please . . . gives slightly more room for refusal than Can you please . . .

CAN is formal or informal?

Discussing a Possibility: “Can” suggests a strong possibility or a general truth. “May” and “could” suggest we are less certain about something. Asking for Permission: You can use all three words to ask for permission. To be formal, though, you should use “may” instead of “could” or “can.”

What is another word for Able?

SYNONYMS FOR able 1 fit, fitted. 2 talented; skilled, clever, ingenious. 3 apt.

Could meaning and examples?

The definition of could is often used in the place of “can” to show a little doubt. An example of could is someone asking if they can help someone. An example of could is saying that something is able to happen if someone does something. Used to indicate ability or permission in the past.

When we can use would?

‘will’ and ‘would’We use will:would is the past tense form of will. … We use will to express beliefs about the present or future:We use would as the past of will, to describe past beliefs about the future:We use would as the past tense of will:We use I will or We will to make promises and offers:More items…

Can and could grammar?

We sometimes use be able to instead of “can” or “could” for ability. Be able to is possible in all tenses – but “can” is possible only in the present and “could” is possible only in the past for ability. In addition, “can” and “could” have no infinitive form.

Could you VS would you?

But I would suppose that “would” is more polite, because it expresses the idea of probability, and of willingness, and of the desire that something be done, whereas “could” is more in the realm of ability (yes I can). And according to the American Heritage Dictionary, “would” is used to make a polite request.

Is could a past tense of can?

Could is used as the past tense of “can”.

Can Have could have?

It implies permission or ability. Could have implies the same thing except that the opportunity is not immediate or is based on a contingency, or that the statement is contrary to actual fact.

Can’t use in a sentence?

[M] [T] I can’t understand his feelings. [M] [T] Because he’s sick, he can’t come. [M] [T] He can’t afford to buy a new car. [M] [T] I can drive a car, but Tom can’t.