Quick Guide to Modal Verbs in English: Can and Could
The verb CAN is a modal verb that we use to talk about something and someone having the ability to do something.
There are different ways that we use the word CAN.
I can sing really well.
Can we go to Mcdonalds,please?
Can I help you make dinner?
You can not come over tonight.
I can bring you lunch.
I can clean my room after school.
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.
I COULD go to the store.
I COULD pick you up from school.
I COULD help you today.
There are different ways that we use the word COULD.
You could come over tomorrow, if you like.
Could I help you with that?
You could have done better on that exam.
Could you please listen to me?
Could I speak to you today after school?
I could have been an Astronaut.
I could swim like a professional when I was younger.
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