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Which is better? (In a conversation with my friend) 1.We could go to Tokyo 2.We can go to Tokyo Please attach reasons
Jan 28, 2017 2:04 AM
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Susanne is almost correct, but misses a few details. "Can" does not relate to how many options there are. "Could" is about intentions or possibilities - We could go to Tokyo, but only if we want to. We could also go somewhere else. "Can" is about ability - We can go to Tokyo, it is something that we are able to do. Your confusion might come from the fact that "could" is also the past tense form of "can". We could go to Tokyo last year - We had the ability to go to Tokyo last year.
January 28, 2017
They're both appropriate sentences with slightly different nuances. 1. We could go to Tokyo. -This implies that going is an option. Or we could go to Hiroshima. 2. We can go to Tokyo. -This implies the ability to go more than option. This is just my opinion, of course.
January 28, 2017
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