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using of could and would

Can you help me where to use could and would while using this words in a sentence its confusing me.

Nov 26, 2014 10:35 AM
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"Could is the past tense of CAN

Would is the past tense of WILL"---Julie


 Wonderful answer  Julie   


   Also,  we can  also expand the  consideration and show that the word "want"  also derives from  WILL.


 I can learn from you.  I could learn from you. I will learn from you.

I would learn from you. I want to learn from you.  I will learn from you.


   Can you be my teacher.  Would you be my teacher.  Will you be my teacher.

Could you be my teacher.  I will if I want to. I will if you will.  I can if you can.

I could if you could.. 

November 30, 2014


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November 30, 2014

Thank you Julie.

November 30, 2014

It depends on the context Samiya, however perhaps this is easy to remember:


Could is the past tense of CAN

Would is the past tense of WILL


Both can be used in many different circumstances as demonstrated in other responses.  However, it is often used in requests (nice polite ones!)

Could you please pass me the salt?

Could you help me with my English homework please?


Examples of would in the past tense might be:

He would never finish his homework on time.

She would never help her sister clean the house.


Of course, as this is the English language...there are many other uses of both words, depends on context!



November 29, 2014

Thank you bruce

November 26, 2014
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