Could I or Can I? Using Modals
March 1, 2001
Modals in English can be difficult to learn. If you could just pay
attention tonight, we will discuss some interesting and useful ways to
use "can" and "could."
Two Uses for "Can"
Giving a suggestion: "You can talk to the counsellor if you
A strong possibility: "A match can cause a fire. Be
Two Uses for "Could"
To ask for permission: "Could I borrow your truck? I need to
move a piano."
Past Ability (same as was/were able to) "I could ride a bike
much faster when I was younger."
Write about an activity you could do better when you were younger
than you are today. Use three of the four uses of "can" and
"could" we have discussed tonight.
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