Can we VS we can?

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Updated: 29th June 2020

Shall
  • \u201cShall\u201d and \u201cshould\u201d are both auxiliary verbs but have different usages and meanings.
  • \u201cShould\u201d in general English is used as a past tense of \u201cshall\u201d but the usage is occasional. Independently, \u201cshould\u201d is not used in the past tense.
  • \u201cShall\u201d is used more in formal writing than \u201cshould.\u201d

Likewise, people ask, when to use could VS can?

Can, like could and would, is used to ask a polite question, but can is only used to ask permission to do or say something ("Can I borrow your car?" "Can I get you something to drink?"). Could is the past tense of can, but it also has uses apart from that--and that is where the confusion lies.

Subsequently, question is, could you VS would you?

The most proper way to use these words is to use "could" if you're not sure if the person is able to do something. If you know the person is capable of doing what is asked, then it's better to use "would".

Can and could grammar?

Can, like could and would, is used to ask a polite question, but can is only used to ask permission to do or say something ("Can I borrow your car?" "Can I get you something to drink?"). Could is the past tense of can, but it also has uses apart from that--and that is where the confusion lies.

Could you vs Would you polite?

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.
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